Beeslack Wood

  • A Woodland Trust wood
  • Penicuik
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Features & activities

  • Broadleaved woodland
  • Free car parking less than 500m away
  • Special wildlife interest
  • Well worth a visit
  • Spring colour

Beeslack Wood is an ancient woodland, most which is located in a river valley situated off the A701 trunk road on the outskirts of Penicuik, Midlothian. The horseshoe-shaped site surrounds the grounds of Beeslack Community High School and Aaron House residential care home. Much of the woodland lies on the valley sides of the River North Esk, which forms the eastern boundary of the site, and of its tributary, the Loan Burn, which runs through the southern arm of the wood. There is a good diversity of ancient woodland flora under a canopy of mainly native braodleaves, with an interesting fauna that can often be seen or heard including dippers along the loan burn, woodpeckers, nuthatches and deer. The woodland leads from Penicuik onto the Penicuik - Dalkeith cyclepath and as such is well used by local people for walking and cycling. 

 

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