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Walks & Outdoor Activities

Welcome to our new Walks & Outdoor Activities Guide! You'll find step-by-step directions for a number of popular walks across West Lothian.

Simply head out with your mobile phone (with location access turned on) to follow exactly where you are on the route, and once you've passed tick "Mark as Visited" to progress to the next step. 

Please note we're still working to update the walks to feature step-by-step feature, in the meantime you may be directed to the old listing where this hasn't been completed yet.

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East Calder to Almondell North Car Park

East Calder

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Out & Back
  • Distance 1.5 Miles
  • Route Time 1 Hour

This simple route will take you the length of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park, travelling via the Visitor Centre in the middle.

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Almond Aqueduct Walk

East Calder

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Out & Back
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 1.5 Hours

This route will take you from Almondell & Calderwood Country Park to the stunning Almond Aqueduct, offering views across the countryside of West Lothian. 

For directions on how to reach Almondell & Calderwood Country Park from East Calder, view our separate walk here.

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West Lothian Shale Trail

West Calder

Winchburgh

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Distance 16 Miles
  • Route Time Full Day

The Shale Trail is a 16 mile waymarked trail across West Lothian linking sites, features and communities relating to the area’s rich oil shale heritage.

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Harperrig Reservoir & East Cairns Hill

Kirknewton

Hard (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Distance 9 Miles

A challenging walk around the lower end of West Lothian which can take you right into the Pentlands. Distance: 9 mls/ 14.5km with a climb of 561m

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Pentland Hills Regional Park

Kirknewton

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance Various
  • Route Time Various

A living working landscape with 10,000 hectares of countryside, 100km of paths and spectacular scenery.

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Uphall & Broxburn Heritage Art Trail

Broxburn & Uphall

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Distance 2 Miles
  • Route Time 1 Hour

The wealth of history between Uphall and Broxburn is celebrated by a series of exciting artworks dotted around the two towns.

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Witchcraig Wood

Torphichen

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 2.5 Miles
  • Route Time 1.5 Hours

A pleasant uphill walk with fantastic views which begins at the impressive Korean War Memorial. 

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Avon River

Linlithgow

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Distance 9.5 Miles
  • Route Time 4 Hours

A fascinating walk with historic points of interest along the way. See where William Wallace hid from the army of Edward I in the 13th century.

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Stoneyburn Medal Route

Whitburn

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 15-60 Minutes

Three different routes to accommodate different time restraints, from the town centre with views of the famous Five Sisters

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Breich Water

Livingston

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Out & Back
  • Distance 4 Miles
  • Route Time 2 Hours

A nice, gentle walk which begins at one of our most popular family attractions.

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Calderwood Walk

East Calder

Mid Calder

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 1.5 Hours

Circular walk through mixed, ancient woodland.

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Almondell Walk

East Calder

Easy (1)
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 1.5 Hours

A lovely stroll through the woods of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park.

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Armadale Medal Route

Armadale

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 1.5 Hours

Three different routes through town and parks accommodate different time restraints.

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SRUC Oatridge Campus- Medal Route

Torphichen

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 15-60 Minutes

Three different routes through woodland and farm to accommodate different time restraints.

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Winchburgh Medal Route

Winchburgh

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 3 Miles
  • Route Time 15-60 Minutes

Three different routes through town, canal and farm to accommodate different time restraints

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Winchburgh Canal Walk

Winchburgh

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 6 Miles
  • Route Time 3 Hours

This is a peaceful walk along the canal side where you will find plenty of wildlife.

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Linlithgow Loch

Linlithgow

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Loop
  • Distance 8.5 Miles
  • Route Time 4 Hours

This walk takes in some of the best views in West Lothian including Linlithgow Palace.

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John Muir Way

Linlithgow

Hard (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Distance 14 Miles
  • Route Time 7 hours

The John Muir Way stretches all the way from Helensburgh in the West to Dunbar on the East Coast

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The House Of The Binns Parkland Trail

Linlithgow

Easy (1)
  • Distance 2 Miles
  • Route Time 1.5 Hours

The Binns parkland was created to impress guests visually. Visitors today can expect and enjoy the same beautiful parkland and stunning views on this gentle walk.

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Blackness Castle Walk

Linlithgow

Easy (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Distance 4 Miles
  • Route Time 2 Hours

A refreshing walk along the shores of the Forth which gives fantastic views of the Forth Bridges.

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Almond Aqueduct to East Calder via Newbridge

East Calder

Moderate (1)
  • Route Type Point to point
  • Route Time 1 Hour

This route acts as an extension from the Almond Aqueduct Walk, taking you from the Aqueduct to East Calder via Wilkieston. Note this route continues beside a road which can be quite busy, with at times a single-file pavement, so is best suited for a confident adult walker. 

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