Covering 200 hectares, Garvagh forest is situated on the Western outskirts of Garvagh, with trees from over 80 years old to those only planted at the turn of the century.
Garvagh Forest has a network of around eleven kilometres of paths and roads (including 2 waymarked walks) winding through both conifer and broadleaved trees and their associated vegetation, whether it is the spectacular Bluebells in April/May, the Foxgloves in July/August, or the Common Spotted Orchids in June/August.
Also be on the watch for a plant called Herb Robert, or Stinky Bob as it is commonly called, which is a common plant flowering its pink flowers from April until the beginning of September. The alternative name becomes apparent when you take a sniff of the flower in the summer! The forest is home not only to plants, but also many birds and animals, including squirrels, hares, finches and coal tits to name but a few.
Garvagh Forest welcomes all the members of the family, with picnic tables and an Information Board situated at the Car Park. These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.
The forest is home to a range of walking, cycling and new mountain bike trails to enjoy.
Start Point: C839154 Finish Point: C839154 Distance:1 to 3 miles Terrain:Gravel paths and forest roads Point of interest: A stone pyramid a short walk from the car park Facilities: Refreshments and toilets available in Garvagh. Nearest town: Garvagh OS map: Sheet 8 Accessible terrain: Off road forest paths
Open all year. 10am - Dusk