Explore these loops from the Shale Trail using Google Maps. Please note that conditions can vary and paths can become very muddy.
A loop off the main trail between Livingston Village and East Breich Woodlands. This is a level walk taking you through woodlands, meadows and passing allotments before rejoining the Shale Trail.
Terrain: Generally level easy walking on surfaced paths.
Start: Livingston Village or East Breich Woodlands car park.
The Five Sisters Loop
A short walk from West Calder around the iconic Five Sisters bing, the most prominent reminder of the shale industry. On the walk you can see the shape of the five fingers of the bing each of which carried waste shale away from Westwood Oil Works. Now you can see how nature is slowly reclaiming the shale waste. This is only a suggested route and has not been upgraded as part of the main project so many areas along the route are very wet and boggy underfoot.
Terrain: Generally level easy walking
Start: Union Square, West Calder
Almondell Viaduct Cycle Loop
This is a short loop for cyclists avoiding a very step section with steps, just at the Almondell Viaduct. The route takes you under the viaduct and into Almondell and Calderwood Country park, loops out towards East Calder and then returns to the Shale Trail by crossing the viaduct.
Uphall Station Loop
A loop that continues along the Union Canal from Broxburn, crossing open fields, and joining up with the River Almond and then through Almondell and Calderwood Country Park to rejoin the Shale Trail at Camps Viaduct.
Length: 10 km
Terrain: Level walking on surfaced paths and canal towpath.
Start: Broxburn, Uphall Station or Almondell and Calderwood Country Park.
An exploration of woodland and greenspace that runs through the south of Livingston, connecting Livingston Village and Mid Calder, in a loop from the Shale Trail.
Terrain: Mostly on roads and surfaced paths, some muddy unsurfaced paths.
Start: Livingston Village, or Campbridge Park