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Woodhall Dean Circular, East Lothian
by Sabbathstevie » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:19 pm
Date walked: 16/04/2011
Time taken: 1.5 hours
Distance: 3.56 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
This is a gentle and quiet forest walk, hidden deep within rural East Lothian. It's also one of my favourites and one which I couldn't find elsewhere on the site. Woodhall Dean is a nature reserve and is notable for it's birdlife and as a (relatively) rare adder sanctuary, though both myself and my tiny Jack Russell, Maggie, are yet to encounter one. We have however seen plenty of birds, roe deer and even a badger on this trail.
Woodhall Dean is signposted from the tiny, picturesque village of Spott. Once you've driven over the hill and come down the other side, watch out for the ford over the burn at the bottom of the valley. There is a dirt track leading to a farm upto the right with room for several parked cars, while still leaving access free to the farm road. Carefully park here and you should see the sign for the entrance to the reserve and starting point for the walk, almost hidden by the gorse bushes. The route is marked throughout.
The path is narrow and relatively twisting as it parallels the burn, climbing some steepish stairs up to a lovely view point with a bench, overlooking the burn below. Descending again, the path widens out into a flatter area which in April was covered in wild garlic. The path then climbs again to reveal a ruined bridge, hidden in the glen by the trees. the path splits here with one route branching off to the left to cross the bridge. Ignore this and keep to the right, climbing the verge and following path over a style, where it continues for a while through open farmland.
the path soon crosses another style and curves back round into Woodhall Dean again, crossing the burn at Tinkers Leap. From here, follow the path alongside a field until it returns at the ruined bridge before retracing your steps back to the start of the walk.
My description doesn't really do the walk justice but with a marked trail, there isn't any need for me to go into too much detail - it's just a lovely and quiet place.
Having said all that, the content in the rest of this site has thoroughly whet my appetite to tackle some hills - Mayar and Driesh look to be a good start and I've got them pencilled in for October...
by ChrisW » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:46 pm
by Sabbathstevie » Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:51 pm
by kev_russ » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:14 pm
by Sabbathstevie » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:11 am
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