Go Down to the Woods today
When you picture Northern Ireland, you imagine an open landscape; a patchwork of green fields and rolling hills embracing broad loughs with heather-clad mountains in the distance. But we also have an array of woodlands and forests too!
Often right on the doorstep, and even in the midst of, our cities! Crawfordsburn Country Park, Lagan Valley Regional Park and Cavehill Country Park, are just minutes from central Belfast easily accessed by public transport. Ness Wood and Roe Valley situated near County Londonderry are beautiful wooded areas and are admission free.
Want your woods bigger and wilder? A Forest Park is just the ticket. For three centuries our mild climate encouraged collectors to bring new trees and shrubs home to their private estates from Australia, Asia, North and South America. Many of these estates are now public Forest Parks. Stroll through uncrowded woodlands full of wildlife, unusual trees and exotic shrubs.
Some Forests provide leisure facilities, including camping/caravan sites, plus events and outdoor pursuits. For example: Red Squirrel Rambles at Gortin Glen; car rallies at Davagh; orienteering at Binevenagh, canoeing at Castlewellan; mountain biking at Tollymore; horse trails at Necarne. Even poultry fairs and car boot sales can be enjoyed at Gosford.
For further details visit the Forest Service website.