Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is tucked out of sight in the valley of the River Almond between Broxburn and East Calder, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!
Cyclepath Closure for Mid Calder Weir Fish Pass Construction -
It is important that before you travel you understand what restrictions may be in place for where you are travelling from and where you are travelling to.
Visitor Centres, Public Toilets, Hideaway Café, Polkemmet Café
All are open. Visitors must continue to wear face coverings when entering public buildings (unless you have an exemption), must keep a 1metre social distance, avoiding crowded places. Some services within the Country Parks continue to be provided at reduced levels and with mitigation in place. Please adhere to all mitigation and current Scottish Government guidance
Beecraigs Caravan & Camping Site
Reduced capacity and on site mitigation measures including taking customers details for Test & Protect remain in place. By booking onto the site, customers are agreeing to adhere to the site standards, terms & conditions due to Covid19 and terms & conditions for use of Little Lodges.
A limited number of BBQ sessions for an agreed number of persons will be available to hire at Almondell & Calderwood and Beecraigs Country Parks. Revised session times are 10:00-13:30 and 13:45-17:15 ; evening BBQs are currently not available. Polkemmet BBQs will remain closed for now. Please contact the respective Visitor Centre to enquire on availability.
Room hire is available at Almondell Visitor Centre, in accordance with current guidance.
West Lothian Leisure Golf and Driving Range
For information on the West Lothian Leisure golf and driving range facilities, please check their website
Visiting West Lothian's Country Parks
Please be considerate to staff working at our sites who are trying to help keep you and themselves safe. Help us by carefully planning your trip in advance, check that your activities are permissible in the area you are visiting, follow on site advice, park responsibly and if some locations are busy when you arrive please consider visiting an alternative location, use alternative surfaced paths rather than overused muddy paths, and please take your litter home with you.
For further advice, checkout the Rangers Guide to responsible access.
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
Based around two adjoining estates (Almondell and Calderwood) and with a history going back 340 million years to the time of the Carboniferous swamps, this area has much to offer its visitors.
Left undeveloped and unspoilt, Calderwood is a complete contrast to Almondell. This natural woodland, located on a plateau bounded by the Linhouse and Murieston Waters, is home to a wealth of wildlife. Roe deer, fox, heron and woodpecker all make their homes here, while the many oak and hazel trees provide food for the squirrels and wood mice. For this reason Calderwood has been designated a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Almondell History -
Most of the woods were planted as part of Henry Erskine's Almondell Estate and now form part of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. In order to maintain the woods and public access in a healthy state for future generations, periodically woodland management work is needed.
A Woodland Management Plan was approved by and grant assistance secured from Scottish Forestry, under their Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme. The planned forestry work inevitably causes disruption in the park and will look messy for a while but, once restored, will breathe new life into the woods.
Information is also available in the Visitor Centre and a reference copy of the Almondell Woodland Management Plan is available at reception. Woodland Management works started in January 2020. For public safety there will be temporary restrictions to access when works are underway. Autumn/Winter 2020 works will include tree planting activities, clearance of brash from the forest floor, access improvements, woodland thinning and felling.
Contact details: email reception email@example.com
Face coverings must be worn if you enter this building
Almondell & Calderwood is open throughout the year and admission is free.
|Visitor Centre Reception|
|Winter: (01/11/2021 - 31/03/2022)||10am - 4pm|
|Summer: (29/03/2021- 31/10/2021)||9am - 5pm|
Please note, Almondell Visitor Centre closes for lunch between 12.30-13.00.
The Visitor Centre is closed on the 25 December and 26 December and 1 and 2 January.
Contact - Telephone: 01506 882254
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