On a glistening wintery morning amongst Tier 4 restrictions, what better thing to do than explore our local regions? Being relatively new to West Lothian, this Scottish wanderer donned his winter coat and boots to head out and do just that.
Today’s adventure took me to Eliburn Park – a 16.5 hectare Council owned site – on the north side of Livingston.
Arriving at the car park by the Livingston FC Community Club pitches, the scenic walk follows the path over Neil Burn before branching right towards the beautiful reservoir – a coarse fishery containing species of carp, bream, perch and many more. After the sub-zero temperatures and snowfall, the water was completely frozen and covered in a layer of snow. Standing on a fishing platform, stunning views of the reservoir open up in front of you and today the local families of mute swans and mallard ducks were spending their time sauntering atop their frozen home.
From here the path follows the reservoir edge before offering a walk across a bridge and embankment retaining the water in the reservoir to stunning views of the whole length of the water.
Next we opted to explore the woodland paths and did not regret our choice. Walking beneath the snow laden branches, the blanket of snow removed any noise from the world and transported us to a winter wonderland. The winding paths through the trees are home to the local wildlife from grey squirrels to wrens; unfortunately none were willing to pay us a visit today.
Continuing the meandering journey downhill through the trees you will eventually meet National Cycle Route 75 running from Edinburgh to Gourock allowing you to make this walk as long as you would like. However, we chose to head back through the trees and up a slippery, snowy slope to the reservoir’s edge and back to the car park. Along the way you can spot multiple feeders placed in trees by visitors for the birds through winter.
If you live in West Lothian and are looking to get out and enjoy the fresh air this year, pay the park a visit. But come prepared, the paths can get muddy and/or slippery.
For more on Eliburn Park and Reservoir click here.