- Distance: 17 miles
- Classification: Easy
- Type: Traffic free, tarmac path
- Cycle hire: Bathgate Bikes, tel: 01506 632727
- Access: Train stations at Kirknewton, Uphall Station, Livingston North, Bathgate.
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.
Things to see and do
- Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
- Ladywell Wood
- Eliburn Wood
- Cousland Wood
- Tailend Moss
- Bogburn Flood Lagoons
After following quiet roads from Balerno to East Calder, the highlight of this 14 mile route between Balerno and Bathgate is the Almondell and Calderwood Country Park where you can cycle right through the park between East Calder and Mid Calder and under the impressive railway viaduct. From Mid Calder and through Livingstone, where you can visit the Almond Valley Heritage Trust, you continue towards Bathgate on a mainly traffic-free route.