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Banagher Glen

Short walk through the steep wooded Banagher Glen, one of the oldest ancient oak woodlands in Ireland to Altnaheglish Reservoir and Banagher Dam. Surfaced road from car park to dam with some very steep sections.

The gate to the car park is open from June
to September 9.00 am-9.00 pm at weekends. During July and August, it is open daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. However, access to the reserve is
available all year round by parking just outside the reserve gate.

Banagher Nature Reserve is one of 50 similar reserves in Northern Ireland




2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 7 or Sperrins Activity Map

Nearest Town

Dungiven or Feeny

Route Shape


Route Type



Surfaced road

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Ancient woodland, flora & fauna

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

From car park pass through kissing gate and continue past old filter house. At fork in the road take a left and continue climbing along the surfaced road, crossing a number of bridges on the ascent until the dam comes into view. Retrace your steps to the start.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The reserve lies 4 miles to the south of Dungiven and can be accessed by the narrow Magheramore Rd.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under close control

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4


Seasonal toilets at car park. Refreshments + toilets in Dungiven.


The Sperrins Walking Guide

Publication Availability

Sperrins Tourism 028 8674 7700 Alternatively, the leaflet is available to download on this webpage.

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Ratings and Comments

paul lenehan 4 November, 2017 @ 13:36

great walk but need signage along route to keep walkers informed about how far they are into walk and how far to end of trail

Margaretta Braidner 16 September, 2016 @ 22:07

Beautiful I enjoyed so much.

Val 17 September, 2014 @ 10:02

beautiful walk, well worth the effort when you get to the top, the views and wildlife are stunning.

David 17 March, 2014 @ 22:15

great walk

Charmaine 23 September, 2012 @ 19:32

What a joy this walk was. I did it with my walking group Easy Ramblers.one knowledgeable member had me tasting the sweet berries along the way.

leona connolly 15 February, 2009 @ 01:47

brilliant place to walk!! I try and walk it on a daily basis or at least 4 times a wk!!

mclaughlin 15 July, 2008 @ 12:02

more signs are neede to keep you informed of the remaining distance to the dam would be helpfull .

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