My Walk Through Almondell & Calderwood Country Park.
Last Friday, as part of my mission to get out into West Lothian and experience as much as possible, I took a day trip over to Almondell & Calderwood Country Park It was the first day of the year that felt like summer and Almondell was the perfect place to be on such a day. I took my wife and little boy Jack along with me who is only 6 months old. As well as getting some quality family time this also gave me the chance to review the Park from a family point of view. As Jack is still a baby we are always eager to find new places that are suitable for our push chair.
I didn’t know a great deal about the park before I set off and I had no idea just how big it was. There are dozens of walks that we didn’t have enough time to explore. We tended to stick to the Red Walk which is marked by red posts and is suitable for buggys and wheelchairs. We parked where our walking guide recommends in East Calder, and walked down through a long, wide path surrounded by forest. There were blossoming trees and thousands of daffodils lining the way. It’s hard for me to tell how long it took us to walk any distance as I was traveling at a photographers pace, which is significantly slower than a snails pace! It’s probably only a 10 minute walk for anyone not stopping every 30 seconds. Eventually we came to the beautiful stone bridge with a lovely green space next to it with a couple of picnic benches. This was a great place to go with the family and have a picnic. The walk then continues through some deeper forest running alongside the river, leading to the information centre were you can pick up some leaflets and maps about the area as well as get a much needed drink. There are also some BBQ areas in a clearing next to the information centre that I’ll be returning to with all the necessary items at some point over the summer!
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park proved to be a fantastic place to go for a walk where you can find both easy and challenging walks or just go to sit and have a BBQ or picnic. It’s also a great place to come for those of you wishing to get out from Edinburgh into the countryside. There are lots of other walks I need to go and explore in West Lothian but I’m going to try and revisit Almondell near the end of May when I’m told it is at its most beautiful.
As always I’ve taken some photos and video so you can get a bit of a taste of what to expect before you go: