Walk: Almondell & an anecdotal aqueduct

West Lothian / City of Edinburgh | Mid Calder | Half day walk | ★★★

[River Almond]

The River Almond flows through the heart of Livingston new town. On the downstream side of the centre, the river merges with the Linhouse Water and Murieston Water tributaries and enters the lovely wooded glen of Almondell. Criss-crossed by several bridges, this is a deservedly popular and happily unspoiled walking destination, and a path alongside a feeder stream for the Union Canal extends all the way to the 76 foot-high Lin's Mill Aqueduct. A good route from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at any time of year (but not always the smells - there's a sewage works and a poultry farm to contend with).

[Union Canal]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Almondell & an anecdotal aqueduct ★★★
Start / finish on Pumpherston Road (B8046), northeast side of Mid Calder, G.R.: NT 076678 ///many.type.waking
🚌 Bus to Mid Calder | 🚗 Car park

▶ 11 km / 6 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Almondell and Calderwood Country Park; River Almond; Lin's Mill Aqueduct ★★
Moderate | Clear paths, tracks and minor roads throughout, with mostly gentle gradients and some mud (easy route for the grade). Optional descent to foot of aqueduct is very steep with no formal path.

Route: Start - enter Almondell and Calderwood Country Park - pass underneath Camp Viaduct - cross to east bank of River Almond at following footbridge - Almondell Bridge (do not cross) - Shiel Mill - Lin's Mill Aqueduct - Muirend - Lookabootye - country park main entrance - Camp Viaduct by west bank - start. Section of path beyond Almondell Bridge is closed at time of update in March 2021. Avoid it by switching to opposite bank until following bridge.

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On our visit

Wildlife: Horses and sheep, grey wagtails, redwings and lots of dogs. Snowdrops and crocuses flowering.
Weather: 10°C with sunny intervals and light winds.

Chronological photo guide

[River Almond]

[Riverside path]

[The path follows a Union Canal feeder stream for much of the route]

[Camp Viaduct]

[Almondell Bridge]

[Feeder stream]

[Distant view of the aqueduct]

[The riverbank below the aqueduct can be reached by a very steep detour]

[Lin's Mill Aqueduct]

[River Almond from the aqueduct]

[Union Canal]

[Union Canal]

[Union Canal with Greendykes Bing beyond (right)]

[Road section]

[Bridge in the country park]

[West bank of the River Almond]

[Snowdrops]

[Return path]

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