Drumlamph Wood consists of a mix of habitats. Step out, and step back in time, to explore the 17 hectare (42 acre) ancient wood. This is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woodlands (that’s land continuously wooded since at least 1600). The old woodland has seen centuries come and go, escaping the demand in the 1700s for timber for ships and for building. It is buffered by rush meadow and wetland, with recently planted woodland in the fields further north. All habitats – the old and new - collectively make up 31.5 hectares (78 acres).
Point of interest:The natural beauty and wildlife of this ancient woodland
OS map:Sheet 8
Terrain:Grass pathways are in place
Route:The car park, off the Grillagh Road, leads immediately into a young woodland.
There are a number of paths around Drumlamph Wood, but the most popular is the circular route that follows the perimeter of the site along the Grillagh River, into rush meadow, ancient woodland and finally wetland.
Follow the grass path past the wooden sculpture that displays eight different woodland animals, including a badger and a fox. At the first junction in the path continue straight on, this will lead you towards a rath (or fortified ringfort), one of the main features of the site. Before reaching the rath follow the Grillagh River to the right, continuing along the grass paths through the young woodland. This path snakes along beside the river offering resting points with a chance to take in the views of the river. You will also pass several ponds.
Eventually you will have the opportunity to take a right through a wetland area that will lead you into the ancient woodland. This path offers you glimpses of evidence left by past inhabitants, such as old hazel copses and stone walls. Also if you visit in spring there is an abundance of woodland flora, such as bluebells, lesser celandine and wood anemone. Continue straight on through the ancient woodland until you emerge out into an open wetland area. Follow the path to a hedge line and take a left, this will lead you up towards the rath and eventually back to the car park.
The choice of walking routes is detailed on an information board at the entrance to the wood.
Facilities:As this is a natural woodland environment, no toilet or refreshment facilities are provided.
New pathways do include a short section suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Accessible terrain:Mostly grass pathways. A small section suitable for wheelchairs consists of a smooth, stone base. The entrance kissing-gate is wheelchair-friendly.
The walk grade is mostly easy/medium.
Accessible signage:The two walking routes are both way-marked (as indicated on the information board at the entrance to the wood and also on the illustration provided)
Publication:The Woodland Trust's leaflet 'A Walk through Drumlamph Wood'
Contact The Woodland Trust, tel: 028 9127 5787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Alternatively, download a copy on this webpage.
Getting to the start by car:From the centre of Maghera, follow the A29 (the Garvagh Road) for two miles, before turning left onto Gortinure Road. Travel for one mile and then turn left onto Grillagh Road. Drumlamph Wood is 300m along Grillagh Road on the right hand side. A gravel car park is in place.