Ness Country Park

Ness Wood is named for ‘an las’ or Ness, meaning Waterfall, in this case one of the highest waterfall in Northern Ireland. After the last ice age, ten thousand years ago, the old Burntollet Rivercourse was blocked by glacial deposits. In eroding a new channel through the rock, the river has created the magnificent waterfall, gorges, portholes and rapids which are a feature of Ness Woods.

The Country Park is 55 hectares of mixed woodland along with open parkland which extends along both sides of the Burntollet River. There are over 7km of stunning woodland and riverside walks including a magnificent waterfall walk.

For the less able visitors, there is also a meadow walk which offers easy access walking. The park also has picnic tables, wildlife ponds, wildflower meadows and a visitor centre with local information and an exhibition on woodland biodiversity.

Facilities include visitors centre, toilets, woodland and riverside paths, children’s playpark, picnic areas and car parks.

Car parking at 4 points:  Main car park at Visitors Centre (access via Oughtagh Road).  Open access car park ( Donaghy’s ) at main entrance (access via Oughtagh Road). Open access Ness Wood car park (access via Oughtagh Road). Open access Ervey Wood car park (access via Ervey Road).

Opening times

The park is open to access all year round. Car Parks remain open all year round.
Toilet facilities are open daily -
09:00 - 17:00 Sep - Mar
09:00 - 20:00 Apr - Aug

Getting to the start by car

The park is 4.5 km north-west of the village of Claudy and 13 km south-east of Derry. The park is signposted from the A6, via Oughtagh Rd.

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Ness Country Park
Co Londonderry
BT47 3TR



Attractions in Co Londonderry