Temporary Changes to the John Muir Way from 17th January 2018

Hopetoun Estate Diversion – Forestry Work

From 17 January 2018, a section of the John Muir Way at Hopetoun Estate in West Lothian will be temporarily closed to allow essential forestry thinning work in the Wester Shore Woodland. The works will last for approximately eight weeks. The closed section will be between Blackness and Abercorn.

Separate diversions will be in place for walkers and for cyclist. Please see maps and follow diversion signs which are at the gates on the Estate. Please note that the walkers diversion is not suitable for cyclists or people with mobility restrictions, as the terrain is soft tussocky grassland. The cyclist diversion follows NCN 76 Diversion signs. Cyclists on mountain bikes may wish to follow the short walkers diversion and push where required.

Closure of the paths within the woodland is necessary for Health & Safety reasons due to the requirement of the contractors to use large scale forestry machinery and the risk of falling trees. For your safety lease follow the diversions.

Dogs should be kept under close control and not allowed to roam freely in the woodland.

We thank you for your support and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Maps are available on the link below: