A self-guided waymarked trail requiring sturdy waterproof boots as parts are across boggy land. The route consists of open hillside, marshy upland and forest tracks with fine views.
Point of interest:Panoramic views of Rathlin Island from Croaghan
Nearest town:Magherahoney Village
OS map:Sheet 5
Terrain:Open hillside and forest track
Route:Starting at Altarichard Car Park and Picnic Site, turn left and follow the Altarichard Road until you reach a waymarker on the right hand side of the road. The Breen Forest Trail is marked by the red arrows, follow these for the length of the route.
Follow the waymarks uphill over marshy upland until reaching a stile. Cross this and make the final steep ascent to the summit of Croaghan with spectacular views. Follow the waymarks down the other side of the hill crossing several ditches to the edge of Breen Forest.
Continue into the forest along a grassy track until you reach a formal forest path. Follow the waymaker to meet with the main Breen Forest path and continue right following along the same section of the Moyle Way for a short distance.
Where the Moyle Way continues to the left, follow the path straight ahead until you come to the end of the Forest path. Follow the waymarker to the right along a rough track which is marshy underfoot, this brings you out onto a stretch of open hill. Make a left at the end of the firebreak following the waymarks across a steep ditch and into Altarichard Forest.
Follow the waymarked forest paths until you exit the forest at the side of a gate and onto the Altarichard Road. Turn right and make your way back to Altarichard Car Park and picnic site, which is a short distance along on the left hand side of the road.
Facilities:Car park and viewing area.
Accessible terrain:A trail across open hillside - bog and heather linking with forest roads.
Publication:Your Guide to Walking in the Causeway Coast & Glens.
"Walk Ballymoney" - Pack of 6 walk cards.
Publication availability:Both leaflets available to download on this page - please see links.
Alternatively, contact Ballymoney TIC on 028 2766 0230.
Getting to the start by car:Located at the Altarichard car park/viewing area on the Orra Scenic Drive between Magherahoney and Cushendall/Cushendun.