Old Wood Walk Temporarily Closed To Protect Ancient Oaks

We will be closing the Old Wood walk from Monday 06 November 2023 for the Winter.

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The Old Oak Wood at Dalkeith Country Park

Why is the woodland temporarily closing?

The Park’s Old Oak Wood is a truly special place; a unique conservation area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The oak trees that still grow here are ancient and twice as old as any of the buildings.  The woodlands team at Dalkeith Country Park have therefore taken the decision to temporarily close the Old Oak Wood (on the purple walking trail) to protect these special trees and let the roots recover over the winter.

We are taking specialist advice from Scottish National Heritage, to close the path through the Old Wood over the winter, starting from Monday 06 November. By Spring it is hoped that the path will have dried out enough to open this unique place again and, with a good summer, the path will remain open until late Autumn 2024.

We’d like to thank you for your understanding at this time and hope that you can take this opportunity to explore our other beautiful walking routes in the meantime.

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