GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lochcote Reservoir and CockleroyHill Walk

5 miles (8.8 km)

This walk in West Lothian visits the Lochcote Reservoir before a climb to the viewpoint on CockleroyHill.
The pretty lake and viewpoint are located in between Bathgate and Linlithgow.
Start the walk from the little village of Torphichen where you can follow country lanes north and then east to reach the reservoir. You continue east past the remains of the old castle before the climb to CockleroyHill. From the 278 metre high summit there are some excellent views back down to the lake and to the surrounding Bathgate Hills and countryside.
Cockleroy sits on the western edge of Beecraigs Country Park so it's easy to extend the walk if you have time. The park includes extensive woodland and the picturesque Beecraigs Loch on the eastern side of the site.
You could also continue north into Linlithgow where you can enjoy more waterside walks along Linlithgow Loch and the Union Canal on the Linlithgow Canal Walk.

Lochcote Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lochcote Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south east there's some interesting local history at Cairnpapple Hill. Here you'll find an ancient henge and a visitor centre where you can learn all about the bronze age history of the hill.

Photos

Lochcote Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1201146

Lochcote Reservoir. The signed footpath from Torphichen to Linlithgow runs along the northwest edge of the reservoir.

Former Gardener's cottage in Lochcote estate, Bathgate Hills West Lothian - geograph.org.uk - 74885

Former Gardener's cottage in Lochcote estate, Bathgate Hills West Lothian. Must have been an important gardener to have a cottage of this size with a walled garden and Lochcote reservoir in the background.

Lochcote - geograph.org.uk - 2875862

Lochcote estate scenery

Loch Cote from Cockleroi - geograph.org.uk - 1159768

Loch Cote from Cockleroi. Loch Cote from Cockleroi Loch Cote at one time provided the water supply for Bo'ness about five miles to the north. The local spelling "Cockleroi" reflects the probable French origin of the name of Linlithgow's hill, suggested as "the cockaded hat of the king" (WF Hendrie), much more accurately than the corruption to "Cockleroy" found on recent OS maps.

The East Slope of Cockleroy - geograph.org.uk - 2875806

The East Slope of Cockleroy

Cockleroy summit - geograph.org.uk - 290416

Cockleroy summit

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