Woodhall Dean Visit: 14 May 2023

Visit led  by Lesley Fairweather: a follow-on from her Woodhall Dean talk.

Woodhall Dean visit: SUNDAY 14th May 2023

After Lesley’s very successful talk the Society is delighted that she has offered to take members on a guided walk through this wonderfully cared for valley of natural tranquillity. Almost certainly there will be a spectacular display of Bluebells.

Woodhall Dean

For those unable to attend the talk, SWT’s interest in Woodhall Dean dates from 1969 when it was first noted as a pure sessile oakwood of considerable extent in the context of East Lothian.  It has since been extended and now comprises 60 hectares. 

The Woodhall and Weatherly Burns run through the site giving shade and dampness to the excellent Bryophyte communities.  

A circular path through the central section of the reserve will allow us to appreciate the ancient trees and its special flora and fauna.

The reserve is about 6km from Dunbar and 3km south of Spott village.

Once at Spott turn left at the signpost for Woodhall. This road leads to Brunt farm and a newly renovated steading. Continue tight right down steep hill – at bottom cars can be parked just before a ford – unmetalled car park on right (NT685734). 

We’ll meet at this car park  at 11 AM for an 11.30 AM start. There will be a H&S briefing at 11.20 AM. A stop for a picnic lunch is planned – so do bring yours along. Please note that the walk will include many steps, inclines and narrow paths, potentially quite slippery. Walking boots with good ankle support and suitable clothing  essential and a walking stick highly recommended. Numbers have to be restricted so please book early via Elaine Whewell at info@eastlothianantiquarians.org.uk 

Nota Bene: If you are not agile and / or not steady in any way this walk is NOT for you.