Walk: Cockleroy - off to Bed on the King's hat

West Lothian | Bathgate Hills | Short walk | ★★★


Cockleroy (the King's hat) is a piddling hill by most standards, but by Central Belt standards it happens to be one of the highest points. As well as excellent views over the Ochil Hills and Highlands beyond, Linlithgow (and its palace), Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat and the Pentland Hills, the summit incorporates a bronze-age fort. It's said that Scottish knight William Wallace took rest in a a rock cavity ("Wallace's Bed") at the top here (which we didn't spot), although truth be told he could have picked a more sheltered spot. The path from the nearby road is short and straightforward - alternatively, you could wander across from adjacent Beecraigs Country Park for a longer walk.

[The first part of the route passes through pleasant woodland]

📌 Walk: Cockleroy - off to Bed on the King's hat
▶ 1 km / <1 mile | ▲ 60 metres
Summits: Cockleroy (278 metres) | Features: Wallace's Bed
Start / finish: Car park on minor road just over a mile south of Linlithgow, G.R.: NS 994742 ///notes.opened.jogged

Route: Car park - Cockleroy - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Wide, surfaced path through forest for first half of outward route; grassy hill path uphill for second half.
Wildlife today: Robins and other small birds in the forest.
Weather today: Good sunny intervals and breezy at the top, temperatures approaching double figures.

[You're spoilt for choice for views from the top - this is north to the Ochil Hills beyond the 23-arch Avon Viaduct]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track


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