Ballycarton Wood/Binevenagh trail

Cycling Route

Start from the car park at Ballycarton Wood off the A2 Aghanloo Road (C687304). Alternative start point at Swann's Bridge picnic site just off the Causeway Coastal Route (C671 307).

From Ballycarton Wood follow the path running adjacent to the A2 for a short distance before the trail starts to climb through the forest. The trail meanders as you travel north gaining height before it undulates along the foot of the mountain. The route is waymarked throughout the forest. After 2 miles the forest opens to your right revealing the cliff face of Binevenagh where you may see ravens, peregrines, buzzards or even gliders soaring above you. The entrance to the Nature Reserve is on your right (no cycling in the reserve please!)

The trail turns left at a right angle with a descent before swinging round and climbing eastwards as the the view opens up towards the North Coast. The trail finishes at the forest gate a short distance away where you can leave a car to return to the start or simply retrace your route back to Ballycarton.

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start: By car is the easiest way to access the site. Follow the Causeway Coastal Route along Seacoast Road (B69) or the A2 from Limavady.

Traffic: May encounter Forest Service vehicles on route. Popular with walkers, runners and orienteers/adventure racers.

Nearest town:



3 miles

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Dusted forest track with some steep gradients

Point of interest:

Binevenagh AONB and ASSI
Forest wildlife including buzzards and foxes
Ulster Gliding Club nearby


Nearest facilities for refreshments and toilets at Limavady town(5 miles)

Accessibility information:

Dusted forest track with steep gradients in places.


Info from Limavady TIC 028 7776 0307

Publication availability:

Info from Limavady TIC 028 7776 0307

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Limavady Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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