Size:

35.32 ha (87.28 acres)

Grid reference:

NS958646

Map reference:

Explorer 343

OS Landranger 65

At the heart of central Scotland, Blaeberry Woodland is a new wood that is coming into its own. One of 16 Woodland Trust woods in West Lothian, it has lots of paths to explore and spectacular views to the Five Sisters Bings - giant spoil heaps which are local landmarks.

Features

  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Grassland
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Blaeberry Woodland

Blaeberry Woodland lies on either side of the A705 between East Whitburn and Whitburn, West Lothian.

From Edinburgh, head west along the A71 and join the M8 at junction 1. Leave the M8 at junction 4, taking the A801 slip road towards Falkirk/Bathgate/Whitburn. At the roundabout, take exit 1 onto the A801. Turn right onto the A705 (Main Street). Parking is permitted on surrounding roads.

The nearest train stations are West Calder, which is 4km (2.4 miles) from Blaeberry Woodland, and Addiewell, which is 5.8km (3.6 miles) away.

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The nearest bus stop is 300 metres (330 yards) away on Main Street, East Whitburn.

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Facilities and access

Most of Blaeberry Woodland is easy to access. It has lots of open, grassy patches between the areas where trees have been planted. Access to the wood is mostly through pedestrian gaps in the fence, though there are some narrow squeeze-gap entrances at the southern end of the site.

Blaeberry Woodland has 5km (3 miles) of footpaths. They link to the wider path network through surrounding housing. The main section of the wood connects up with a non-surfaced footpath that links Foulshiels Wood and Stoneyburn, although be aware it is largely unmanaged and there is a muddy field with cows in to cross.

There is no public car park at Blaeberry Woodland, but parking is permitted on surrounding roads, including Hens Nest Road.

The nearest toilets are the automated public toilets in the council car park at Armadale Road, Whitburn, around 1.6km (1 mile) from the wood.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

From cute and increasingly rare water voles to charming rabbits, wildlife has already moved into this relatively new woodland. Look out for the shy roe deer or see if you can spot the nimble brown hare as it sprints through the grassland.

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Trees, plants and fungi

With a mix of broadleaf trees and a variety of woody shrubs, there is plenty of plant life to see at Blaeberry Woodland.

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Habitats

Though Blaeberry Woodland is a relatively young wood, there are still several different habitats to explore, with more to come as the woodland develops.

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About Blaeberry Woodland

Some of the footpaths that pass through and around Blaeberry Woodland and nearby open farmland follow the routes of old branch lines of the Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway.

The line was opened in 1845 and connected Morningside, near Wishaw, to Bathgate, and served the thriving shale oil and ironworks of the early Victorian era, including the shale colliery at Foulshiels.

Dedication bench at Watkins Wood

Dedicate at this wood

This wood is one of more than 50 across the UK where it's possible to dedicate trees, benches or larger areas of woodland. Mark a special occasion or celebrate the life of a loved one with a meaningful gesture that lasts. 

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Things to do at Blaeberry Woodland

Blaeberry Woodland - Management plan

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Blaeberry Woodland Management Plan

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