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Home to deer, hares, bats, otters and owls, along with sculpted creatures known as Glingbobs and Tootflits, Pressmennan Wood has something for everyone.

Enjoy panoramic views towards the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock, walk around Pressmennan Lake, or take your kids on a ‘treasure hunt’ for mythical beasts and their homes, hidden up trees and around bushes on the sculpture trail.

Pressmennan Wood comprises 84 hectares (210 acres) of mixed woodland, including ancient oaks and planted conifers. The Woodland Trust Scotland bought the site in 1988 and is gradually restoring it by removing conifers and rhododendrons that were planted in Victorian times.

The north of the wood is bordered by Pressmennan Lake, one of just three lakes in Scotland. A burn runs through the wood, providing a habitat for amphibians, while deadwood habitats encourage wood-boring beetles and the birds that eat them.

The wood has a network of paths, including the Sculpture Trail, a circular path that takes you through the woodland in search of Glingbobs and Tootflits. Download the Pressmennan leaflet (PDF, 1.7MB) for details. 

Stone-surfaced paths are accessible to wheelchair and pushchair users, but they can be rough and uneven in places.

A car park is available at the main entrance, where you will find an information board detailing the path routes.

Setting

Pressmennan Wood lies roughly 1 mile south of the village of Stenton. There is a Brown Tourist Sign for the wood on the unclassified road ‘Stenton Loan’ just south of Ruchlaw West Mains farm.

OS Explorer 351, Landranger 67, NT630729.

Access/Walks

The rough track from Stenton Loan leads to the wood’s main entrance and car park at the western end of the wood. There is another entrance at the east of the wood, following Bennets Burn through a field gate.

Directions

By car

From Edinburgh head east on the A1 and continue over two roundabouts, through East Linton. At the third roundabout take the fourth exit on to the B6370. Continue on to Stenton Loan.

By bus

The 153 operates a limited bus service, running twice a day from Monday to Saturday, between Haddington, Stenton and Garvald. Pressmennan Wood is located approximately a mile from Stenton, along unclassified road and rough track. Visit traveline for details of bus times. 

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