One of five lovely walks through Peatlands Park in County Armagh.
Point of interest:Wood Ant hills in Annagarriff Wood.
OS map:Sheet 19
Terrain:Tarmac and gravel roads, boardwa
Route:Follow the path marked with yellow arrows. Watch out for Cuckoos and birds of prey using the dead pines as lookout posts. Jays are abundant in the woods. Annagarriff Wood is a National Nature Reserve with unique flora and fauna species, many of which are found nowhere else in Northern Ireland. One of the most interesting sites in Annagarriff must be the huge mounds of plant debris up to 1m high and 2-3m across. These hills have been built by Wood Ants and are the only Irish site for this species.
The main park gates and the gates at Derryadd Lough are open daily from 9.00am to 9.00pm Easter Sunday until the end of September and from 9.00am to 5.00pm during the winter months. Please check the signs for closing times on your arrival. Admission into the park is FREE all year round.
A free Waymarked Route map is available from the Visitor Centre or General Office.
Facilities:Free parking is available for 200 cars or 20 coaches including 12 disabled parking bays. There is also a smaller Car Park at Derryadd Lough on the eastern margin of the park.
Education Centre (school groups)
Access for disabled visitors
Railway (carriages adapted for wheelchairs)
Scooters for Shopmobility members
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Flat terrain. Some paths may be boggy or flooded during periods of heavy rain.
Accessible signage:Raised coloured arrows on green recycled posts guide walkers around the waymarked routes. Interpretative panels along the route provide interesting information.
Publication:Peatlands Park leaflet and Waymarked Route map.
Publication availability:Available from the Visitor Centre or phone (028) 38851102 and a copy can be posted or see downloads available on this page.
Getting to the start by public transport:Peatlands Park is located at Junction 13 off the M1.
You can also get to Peatlands Park via the national cycling network however, please note that cycling/mountainbiking is not permitted in the park except for on vehicular roads.
All Waymarked walks start at the Information Triangle adjacent to the main car park.