This scenic and tranquil park on the outskirts of Limavady offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering.
The river plunges through spectacular gorges and its banks are clothed in mature woodland. The park is home to foxes, badgers and otters and over 60 species of birds have been seen there. In springtime, the woodland floor is covered with a carpet of wild flowers.
There is a disabled angler's jetty by the river and also for the disabled visitor there is a specially designed trail emphasising the wildlife of the park. This includes an audio guide for blind and partially sighted visitors. Also worth a visit is the newly refurbished ‘Ritters Tea Room’ which opens daily.
Visitors can learn about the industrial and natural heritage of the area in the museum and countryside centre. The remains of buildings used in the linen industry and a restored water wheel can also be seen and much of the original equipment is preserved including ruined water mills used in linen production. In addition, find out more about Ulster’s first domestic hydro-electric power station, which operated from here under the guidance of local genius J.E.Ritter.
The O’Cahan Clan ruled the Roe Valley and surrounding area from 1122. You can see the site of their castle in the park today. Legend has it that during a siege, O’Cahan’s dog leapt across the river and summoned help from a neighbouring clan. This area is still known as Dogleap but the anglicised version of the Irish
“Leim an mhadaigh”, The Leap of The Dog, is now pronounced Limavady.
Film Location - Dracula Untold
Universal Pictures filmed several scenes of the new Dracula Untold film at O'Cahan's Rock in Roe Valley Country Park. This was one of many of the locations used for filming across Northern Ireland.
Roe Valley Country Park - Path Closures 2014
Section of path on the West bank, downstream of the visitor centre has been closed due to a landslip
A small section of paths in close proximity to the Dog Leap Countryside Centre at Roe Valley Country Park will be temporarily closed from 2nd May 2014 to facilitate works associated with the Hydro-electricity reinstatement project. It is anticipated that these paths will re-open in September 2014.
The Countryside centre and cafe will remain open.
We apologise for any inconvenience these temporary closures may cause to visitors to Roe Valley Country Park. Signage will be in place to advise visitors of alternative access routes. For further details of the paths which are closed, please see -http://www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/places_to_visit_home/roe-valley-path-closures-2014.htm