RiverLife: Almond & Avon is made up of lots of different projects. Have a browse around below to see what’s going on.

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Dowies weir is currently going through the optioneering stage of the process and detailed plans will be announced shortly.

Kirkton weir

Originally built in the mid-19th century, the weir provided water to Livingston Mill, now Almond Valley Heritage Centre, to process corn and wheat via a long lade which still exists to this day


Fair-a-far weir (or Cramond Falls) is the first barrier to fish migration any sea trout or salmon will come come across when moving up the River Almond.

Mid Calder weir

Mid Calder weir, in it’s current form, was constructed in the early 19th Century although there is evidence of a similar structure on this site dating as far back as the 16th Century. The main function of this weir is difficult to see today as there has been development of the site over the last 30 years. A mill once stood on the site of the water treatment works and would have processed the grain from the surrounding farms. Power for the mill would have come from the lade, now blocked, which ran along the river bank almost exactly where the path runs today.

Howden Bridge

Howden Bridge weir is situated in the centre of Livingston and once supplied water to a nearby saw mill, now the site of a new housing development. A very basic construction of concrete covering rock infill, this weir is 40m wide and stands on the footprint of a structure which is thought to have been built in the mid 19th century.

Rugby Club

Rugby Club weir is situated near Livingston Rugby Club, upstream from Mid Calder weir, in the Craigshill area of Livingston. Originally built to supply water to the West Mill (now Wallace Mill Gardens) to process corn from the surrounding farms.