Walk: Serpentine stroll in Woodhall Dean

East Lothian | Spott | Short walk | ★★★

[Woodhall Dean]

Signs at the entrance to this wildlife reserve warn of snakes for company. The ancient woodland within steep-sided Woodhall Dean is adder territory, with the venomous creatures most likely to be encountered between March and October. Much more likely sightings include grey squirrels, frogs and songbirds, but this walk is far from mundane; the forest is full of photogenic spots, with excellent views into the Lammermuir Hills from the higher parts of the loop where the trees thin.

[Woodhall Dean]

📌 Walk: Serpentine stroll in Woodhall Dean ★★★
Start / finish at track junction (space for a few cars only - don't block access) on minor road corner, 2 mi south of Spott, G.R.: NT 685734 ///gradually.appear.spring

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 120 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Woodhall Dean
Terrain: Undulating and narrow woodland paths with some steep drops, a fair amount of up and down, but only a couple of wet sections.

Route & map

Start - Tinker's Leap via north side of Woodhall Burn - return by south bank, eventually rejoining outward route. Reserve map here.

Route credit: Scottish Wildlife Trust

On our visit

Wildlife: Grey squirrels, froglets, yellowhammers and other small birds.
Weather: Sunny intervals, temperature in mid teens.

Chronological photo guide

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

[Woodhall Dean]

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