Dechmont Law

Dechmont Law is a recreational area on the northern fringe of Livingston and to the south of the M8 motorway. Dechmont Law is the focal point of this wild expanse of 66 hectare open space which encompasses grassland, mixed woodland and a series of footpaths.

Dechmont LawTucked away behind a quiet residential area, Dechmont Law can be accessed from a car park beside Deans Community High School. The area takes its name from the notable hill that sits within its boundary. Known as Dechmont Law (Law is a Scots word for 'hill'), it is the uppermost point in the Livingston area with an elevation of 217m. To the north east is a secondary hill called Deer Hill.

Dating from the Carboniferous period, Dechmont Law is one of several volcanic plugs scattered around the Lothian landscape. Its steep slopes display signs of Bronze and Iron Age earthworks and its ideal strategic position make it possible that a hillfort once stood here. The summit, which has a triangulation pillar, offers wonderful 360 degree views across the region. Points of interest include the Pentland Hills in the south and Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat and the Forth Bridges in the east.

However, the area is perhaps most well-known for a UFO incident in 1979 where a forestry worker was apparently assaulted by unexplained spherical objects within a woodland clearing. In spite of wide-ranging official investigations, the 'Livingston Incident', remains a mystery to this day. It's unlikely that you will witness an extraterrestrial encounter on your visit to Dechmont Law, but it will offer a scenic walking area featuring a variety of environments where you can wander along intriguing footpaths set in open grassland and explore the adjoining woodland.

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