A pleasant uphill walk with fantastic views which begins at the impressive Korean War Memorial. Distance: 2.5 mls / 4kms
Please note that part of the route is quite steep and may be slippery so take extra care.
Park in the layby at the Korean War Memorial (well worth a visit), and follow the path uphill. Cross the stile and follow the signpost to the Refuge Stone / Witchcraig Wall. At the view point, take in the views across the Forth over to the Campsie Hills. This is also the site of Witchcraig Wall, an enclosure with 43 special stones built into it, collected from across Central Scotland. The Refuge Stone is built into the wall behind this enclosure.
From the information sign follow the path north, walking downhill and through young woodland. At the bottom of the hill the path veers left and after approximately 175 yards look for the stile on your right. Cross this stile and follow the path to a gate, take the right track and on passing a metal gate take an immediate right to pick up the small path (Guthries Path). Follow this path uphill. At the top, after a dip, take the path to your left until you reach a larger path and turn left. After 75 yards turn right onto a track signposted Balvormie.
Follow the Balvormie sign and head through a meadow and past the BBQ site to reach a road. Toilets are situated in this area. Turn right on this road and head up a beautiful tree lined avenue. At the top of the hill take the path to the right at the Beecraigs Country Park boundary sign, taking you back onto Guthries Path. Follow the path approximately 320 yards to take you back to the dip in the path. Retrace your route back to the War Memorial.
Distance: 2.5 miles / 4kms
Approximate time: 1.5hrs
Start and finish: The Korean War Memorial. From Bathgate follow B792 towards Torphichen and follow signs for Beecraigs Country Park. The War Memorial is 1 mile up this road.
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