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Rea's Wood

Reas Wood extends along part of the shore of Lough Neagh. It is a great example of a wet woodland and has a rich diversity of wildlife to see. Keep dogs on leads. The path will eventually form part of the Lough Neagh Cycle Way.




1.6 (One Way) miles

OS Map

Sheet 14

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Lakeland, Woodland


Off road paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Views of Lough Neagh, wildfowl and woodland birds

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

*** Please note that debris and litter deposited on the path after high water levels and extensive flooding during the winter, have now been cleared from the path ***

From the carpark, follow the path into Rea's Wood. Continue to walk through the wood, ignoring all tracks off to the right or left.

After 750m you reach the National Nature Reserve. After a further kilometre, the path reaches an iron gate. This is the southern limit of the Nature Reserve and there is no public access beyond this point.

To finish this short walk, simply retrace your steps back to the Lough Shore Park.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Follow the signs to the Lough Shore Park off the Dublin Road in Antrim. On reaching the Park, turn left and continue to the car park that looks out over Lough Neagh. Rea's Wood now lies to your left as you look out over the Lough.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking - At least 15 spaces


Toilets and refreshments are available in the Loughshore Park.



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Ratings and Comments

Lawrence 29 January, 2017 @ 18:04

Had a fabulous walk today started at Lough shore carpark through reas wood to the Dublin road .On route scrapped of paint on information board left by Vandals. Apart from that fantastic walk.

Marie 25 April, 2015 @ 20:08

The area must have been completely cleaned up. We had an absolutely beautiful walk along this woodland path today, through an area of natural beauty. A great area for wild birds and flowers.

Andrew 22 April, 2015 @ 17:21

Used this walk today with the dog. Granted there is debri washed up by the lough. Love the way the forestry commission have left it to go wild. Some rubbish but no excessive.

Mike 13 June, 2010 @ 04:47

While the wood itself if fine theres supposed to be a car park but Ive never been able to find it.

Better sign posting (particularly from the Dublin road) wouldnt go amiss. Is Antrim council trying to keep the existence of the place a secret ?

Then again given the amount of illegal dumping that goes on there perhaps there is method in their madness ?

Anoushka McCullough 11 February, 2010 @ 21:38

I walked along Rea's Wood today 11th Feb with my husband and my young dog. I have to say I was disgusted with the rubbish and waste the whole way along the walk, it looked unkept other than the one bin had been emptied recently. I would like to hear your opinion on this and if there are plans to tidy it up.

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