East Lothian Council

Countryside Sites

Pencaitland Railway Walk

Puddle Bridge Pencaitland

How to get there...

By bus
Lothian Regional Transport bus No44 operates a limited service to Ormiston and Pencaitland which are both located towards the middle of the Railway Walk.

By car
Several access points are available along the route. Small car parks also exist at the W end at Crossgatehall and the E end at East Saltoun.

Parking Charges 

Parking charges may apply.

By bicycle
The route forms part of National Cycle Network Route 196. The surface is ashphalt, with a small section of tarmac. Towards the southern end the path can sometimes become quite muddy.

Facilities

  • the Countryside Ranger Service co-ordinates the day-to-day management of this site
  • Services are available in Pencaitland and Ormiston.
  • No litter bins are located along the route.

Description
A 7 mile / 12 km surfaced route that runs between farmland. Interpretation 'memory stations' along the route provide information on the site's human and natural significance.

Natural History
Since the closure of the railway in 1960, wild plants and animals have made this their home. Roe deer and foxes are regularly seen mammals. The birds found include both those associated with scrub and grassland - including yellowhammer and linnet; together with woodland species including great tit, black cap and great spotted woodpecker.

Many flowers have colonised the verges of the old railway, including species that refer the disturbed ground and neutral soil which were the product of the former mining operations in this area. In turn these benefit many invertebrates who thrive on these 'edge' habitats, particularly butterflies.

John Muir House Haddington EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620827459

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.