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Garvagh Forest Walking Trails

Garvagh Forest, off Main Street, Garvagh, County Londonderry, BT51 5EA
Garvagh Forest Walking Trails

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The forest is home to a range of walking, cycling and mountain bike trails to enjoy!

You’ll find trails for all levels of ability in Garvagh Forest, and with up to 13km of waymarked walking routes makes for a fantastic day out for families, couples and solo traveller.

Pyramid Trail – 1.3km
This trail is promoted as an all ability multi-use trail and is relatively flat over most of its length. The trail edges the Agivey River for approximately half its length and passes through the main bluebell area under a canopy of trees. It passes the Pyramid within the forest

River Trail – 5.0km
This longer trail shares the route of the Pyramid Trail alongside the Agivey River before continuing alongside the Gortree Burn and skirting Rabbit Hill to the centre of the forest. This route also passes the spectacular Pyramid.

Canning Trail – 6.9km
The longest walking trail in the forest skirts almost the entire perimeter of the forest, which was formerly part of Lord Garvagh’s demesne. It ventures into quieter parts at the western end of the forest, and affords walkers elevated views of the surrounding landscape in the northern section of the forest.

Important information before your visit to Garvagh Forest:

Visitors must use the entrance off Main Street BT51 5AE, Parking is available.

The Green Trail, also known as The Pyramid Trail, is suitable for wheelchair use. The surface is compacted gravel and is approximately 1.3km long. The other trails have a variety of surfaces and gradients which would make wheelchair access more difficult.

Dogs are allowed to visit Garvagh Forest Park, but please keep your furry friend on a lead at all times. Please also remember your bags to clean up after your pooch and use the bins provided!

All 3 walking trails are suitable for children.

Additional car parking is available in Bridge Street car park, in the village centre, approx. 550m from the forest entrance.

Terrain:
Combination of terrains for both casual cyclists and extreme mountain bike sportspersons and dedicated walking trails designed to suit all abilities. The Green Trail, also known as The Pyramid Trail, is suitable for wheelchair use. The surface is compacted gravel and is approximately 1.3km long. In the event of a serious accident please call 112 or 999 and ask for PSNI and/or NI Ambulance Service. To report an incident, please call 101 (PSNI Non-emergency) or 028 7034 7234 (Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council) or email info@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk What3Words reference is ///variety.dislodge.caramel

Maps / guides:
Follow the signs for Garvagh. The forest car park is on the western side of the main A29 road, between Garvagh High School and the Ballnameen Bridge over the Agivey River. There may be restrictions on access to parts of the forest from time to time due to forest operations so pay attention to safety signage.

Point of interest:
MODERN PYRAMID -Originally created as a burial folly for Lord Garvagh, the pyramid is an unusual addition to the forest landscape. Having never fulfilled the task it was designed for, it was sealed shut. The AGIVEY RIVER - popular for fishing, also flows alongside the forest bringing an abundance of wildlife. FLORA AND FAUNA - As well as plants, the forest is also home to many birds and animals, including squirrels, hares, finches and coal tits to name but a few. The forest is especially noted for beautiful bluebells annually in May

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