Burntollet Wood sits in the picturesque Faughan Valley, just south-east of the city of Londonderry. The 24-hectare (59-acre) wood, still in its infancy, sits adjacent to Ness Country Park – an Area of Special Scientific Interest containing fragments of rare ancient woodland. The Woodland Trust has planted over 43,000 native trees at Burntollet, mostly oak with scatterings of ash, alder and wild cherry. The young trees will buffer the nearby pockets of ancient woodland, slowly linking habitats together and providing an extended haunt for the Valley’s precious wildlife. In summertime, visitors will be treated to 11 hectares (27 acres) of gloriously coloured wild flowers. Vibrant displays of yellow rattle, birdsfoot trefoil, red campion, and ox-eye daisy await you. The flowers, interspersed with clover, barley and oats, provide a valuable habitat for numerous species of insects and birds.
Start Point:509 108
Finish Point:509 108
Point of interest:Viewpoints, wildlife, wildflowers
Nearest town:Derry/ Claudy
Getting to the start by public transport:
There is a regular bus service between Derry & Dungiven on the A6. From the main road it is a 2.5 mile walk to the visitor centre. For Further Info contact Ulsterbus 028 71 262 261 or www.translink.co.uk
Getting to the start by car:
Burntollet Wood is approximately 11 km (7 miles) south-east of the city of Londonderry and almost 5 km (3 miles) north-west of Claudy. Travelling along the A6 from Belfast to Londonderry, pass through Dungiven and proceed for approximately 19 km (12 miles). On the right hand side of the Glenshane Road you will see Ness Nurseries. Just after Ness Nurseries, take a right turn to Ervey Wood, as marked by road signs. Follow the signs to Ervey Wood/Ness Country Park car park.
For information about public transport, visit www.translink.co.uk
or phone 028 9066 6630.
Terrain:Wide, gravel paths
Route:Kissing-gates, wooden seats and several quaint stone bridges have been installed. Have a seat and admire the stunning views over the wider Faughan Valley with its native woodland and rolling farmland. On a clear day, feast your eyes upon County Tyrone’s Sperrin Mountains which rise up to greet you.
Schoolchildren have made their mark by designing and creating special mosaic tiles. Each tile was handmade with tiny pieces of coloured pebbles, carefully pieced together to form the image of a woodland creature. Strategically placed, the tiles now form the basis of a much-loved nature trail.
Leave Ervey Wood Car Park and follow the red waymarker arrows around Burntollet Wood, in a clockwise direction. You will pass by several viewpoints and information panels describing wildlife and wildflowers that can be found in the area. Pass through a kissing gate to bypass a private property, before re-entering the wood through another kissing gate. Continue to follow the path back to Ervey Wood Car Park.
Facilities:Facilities available at the nearby Ness Country Park Visitors Centre