Wander the trails of West Forth
A new forest is growing on the gently rolling countryside around West Forth, criss-crossed with paths and tracks that are great for walking, cycling or horse riding. There are wide views towards the Southern Uplands and the Border hills, and wildflowers at your feet. The waymarked trails will get you started.
There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Forth village.
A short stroll around a wildflower meadow and charming larch copses on the edge of the village.
Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Includes one long moderate slope. Trail accessed across a busy road.
½ miles / 1.0 km Allow ¼ hour
The wildflower meadow on this trail has been planted on land once grazed by sheep. The flowers are pretty in spring and summer, and a good food source for butterflies. Rab’s Path is on the east side of the A706, at the south end of the village. It starts from just opposite the bus stop at the end of Cloglands, at grid reference NS 938 533.
Hie Dyke Path
A wee daunder along the Abbey Burn and through young woodland on the edge of Forth village.
Uneven grassy surface. Some short fairly steep slopes. Includes a wide kissing gate and some areas that may be wet.
1 miles / 1.7 km Allow ½ hour
Admire the view and look for the distinctive shape of Tinto Hill, standing proud of the ridge of Border hills. The trail starts from the corner of Hie Dyke and Lea Rig, at grid reference NS 933 536.
Mountain biking trails
Upcoming tree work
We will soon be carrying out tree work in West Forth. The work will involve thinning operations, during which we fell a small number of trees to create more space and light for the remaining trees to grow. This will improve the quality and value of timber in the future, and gradually improve the quality of the woodland for wildlife, as well as creating a more attractive woodland landscape.
Whilst the work is taking place, we will need to temporarily close some paths to ensure public safety. Where possible we will provide alternative access. Please follow any signs and instructions on site to help us manage the work safely, and keep an eye on this webpage for updates.
How to get here
Forth village is on the A706 between Lanark and Whitburn. Starting points for the various trails are in the trail descriptions. There’s plenty of space to park in the village, but please leave space for residents’ cars.
ML11 8ED is the nearest postcode.
Buses serve the village of Forth. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Wander the trails at Wilsontown, just 1 mile (1.6 km) up the road, and imagine the pioneering industrial village that once covered the land. You’ll find more routes for walking, cycling or horse riding at Fauldhouse.
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