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New Walking Trail Launched in Davagh Forest


The true definition of a hidden gem, Davagh Forest lies approximately 6 miles north west of Cookstown in an untouched rural landscape of rolling hills and sweeping forests. In an attempt to unlock Davagh’s unique potential as a recreational hub, Cookstown District Council, recently launched a brand new network of walking and mountain biking trails which are set to put this forgotten forest back on the map. 

There’s no doubt, Davagh is remote and whilst this is one of the forest’s most appealing assets, it also serves up one of it’s biggest challenges… getting there. If travelling from Cookstown, Davagh Forest is signposted off the A505 Cookstown to Omagh Road at Dunnamore. If travelling from Draperstown, take the B47 through the village of Straw before bearing left on the Sixtowns Road. Turn left on the Davagh Road signed East Sperrins Scenic Route and after 3 miles the trailhead will be on your left hand side.

Davagh’s short circular walk begins from the second car park and follows the black waymarker arrows alongside Davagh Water. This pleasant riverside path meanders through lush green, almost fluorescent, woodland before crossing over Davagh Water and gradually ascending to meet the main forest road. Look out for the red tint of the river when crossing the newly constructed footbridge.

The return leg of this walk uses the wide, surfaced forest road which leads down to meet the car park and back to the start of the trail.

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you might also want to try out some of the newly constructed mountain biking trails through Davagh Forest. The 3km gentle green trail uses the walking loop described above (opposite direction) and is suited to young families and those trying out mountain biking for the very first time. The 7.5km blue trail is suited to those with a bit more confidence on the bike; however it is the 16km red grade trail which has already attracted much attention from mountain bike enthusiasts all across the UK and Ireland.

For more information on the walking trail, mountain bike hire and/or to purchase a trail map for the Davagh Forest Trails visit www.walkni.com or www.mountainbikeni.com.

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