This route is ideal for commuting or leisure trips. The first 5 miles / 9km are on quiet roads between Balerno and East Calder via Kirknewton but at East Calder you join a traffic-free path through Almondell and Calderwood Country Park to Mid Calder.
This route passes under the impressive Almondell Viaduct and alongside the River Almond. From Mid Calder continue on the cycle track into Livingston (there is a network of paths in Livingston so keep your eyes open for the Route 75 signs!). After the cycle track you head along the main street of old Livingston Village and past the Almond Valley Heritage Trust.
The route continues on a cycle track past Eliburn and Cousland Woods before crossing Easter Inch Moss and then ‘flying over’ the M8 into Bathgate. From Bathgate you can either cycle back to Balerno, or catch a train to Livingston or Edinburgh from Bathgate Station. For a longer cycle ride, you could continue following National Route 75 signs on to the Hillend Loch Railway Path into Airdire.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.