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Core Paths Plan

Core paths are paths, waterways or any other means of crossing land to facilitate, promote and manage the exercise of access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and are identified as such in access authority core paths plans.

Linlithgow path

This Act, supported by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, now gives the public significant rights of responsible access to the Scottish countryside. The code defines the responsibilities of the public and landowners in taking and providing for access for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and the disabled.

However, it is expected that the overwhelming majority of people will want to explore and appreciate the countryside by means of paths, ideally with signposts, way-markers and leaflets. The most important of these routes, particularly those in and around towns and villages, have been identified by West Lothian Council in the Draft Core Paths Plan and they will take priority for maintenance and improvement as well as being protected from development or closure. The council had a formal consultation on the draft plan in Spring 2008. This involved consultation with the people and communities of West Lothian as well as with the landowners and farmers whose land these routes will cross.

The council received 10 objections to the Draft Core Paths Plan (DCPP). These were considered by a reporter appointed by the Scottish Government who made his recommendations to the council in Autumn 2013. The council resolved to adopt the Core Path Plan on 17th December 2013. The final text is still under preparation but did not change radically from the Draft Documents below.

The complete plan would be a huge file and it is likely that someone using the webpage is interested in a particular part of the district or a specific path. For these reasons the plan has been split into 30 pdf files the bulk of which are the detailed maps and descriptions of each path in the Core Path Network. This includes two files for the SEA. Despite splitting the plan into these smaller files, it can still take some time to open an individual file.

The pdf files for the DCPP are as follows:

If you are looking for a particular area or path it is important that you study Plan 5 and read the supporting text to assist you in deciding which of files 7 to 24 are the ones you wish to view. Each Map is accompanied by a page of text. The paths which each map covers are detailed on the list below.

National Cycle Path 75
Union Canal Water Path and Union Canal Towpath
Round the Forth Cycle Path (NCN 76)
Linlithgow Loch Circular, Fisher's Brae and Linlithgow Loch to Union Canal
  • pdf icon DCPP 10 - Map D: [1Mb] WL3 Linlithgow Loch Circular, WL7 Fisher's Brae and WL35 Linlithgow Loch to Union Canal
Linlithgow to Beecraigs Link and Beecraigs East/West Path
River Avon Herritage Trail
Winchburgh to Kirkliston and Threemiletown and Old Philpstoun
Armadale Round Town Path
Ballencrieff Toll and Balbardie Paths and Puir Wife's Brae
Whitburn Tow Path and Blaeberry Circular
East Whitburn to Stoneyburn, Whitrigg Circular and Stoneyburn to Loganlea
  • pdf icon DCPP 17 - Map K: [1Mb] WL19 East Whitburn to Stoneyburn, WL25 Whitrigg Circular and WL39 Stoneyburn to Loganlea
West Calder to Polbeth and Fauldhouse Rail Path
River Almond to Breich Water and Almond Valley Path
Broxburn Path and East Calder, Calderwood and Linhouse Path
Bathgate to Newbridge Cycle Path
Uphall Station to Roman Camp and Uphall to East Calder
Linhouse Circular, Muiravonside Trail and River Almond Water Path
Loan Path and Kilandean Path
Nell Burn Path, Railway Path, Harrysmuir Path, Loan Path and Folly Burn Path
  • pdf icon DCPP 25 - Map S: [2Mb] WL28 Nell Burn Path, WL29 Railway Path, WL30 Harrysmuir Path, WL31 Loan Path and WL33 Folly Burn Path
Dechmont Law Link
Objectives and Policies Next Steps, Glossary and Description of Photos

The Draft Core Paths Plan has been subjected to a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is document is divided into two files.

There have been two informal rounds of public consultation on the actual plan of core paths proposed for West Lothian. This Draft Core Paths Plan (DCCP) sets down the methodology, criteria, objectives and policies whereby this council has produced and will deliver the plan and its Core Path Network. It also describes each of the candidate core paths and maps their routes.