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Cregagh Wood

A short woodland walk, nestled in the Glens of Antrim through tranquil and peaceful surroundings making it an excellent home for Red Squirrels. 

County

Antrim

Distance

0.9 miles

OS Map

Sheet 5

Nearest Town

Cushendun

Route Shape

Linear

Route Type

Woodland

Terrain

Uneven forest floor with steep s

Grid Reference (Start)

D233321

Grid Reference (End)

D233321

Point of Interest

Red squirrel hide

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

Keeping the church car park behind you on your left, continue walking on the Glendun Rd until you see a wooden post indicating the entrance to Cregagh Wood on the right hand side of the road. Enter the Wood through the black iron gate.  From here there is a very steep incline to the first way marker post. Continue uphill until the way markers instruct you to veer left.  After this continue making your way through the wood following the way markers as you weave in and out of interesting trees and enjoy the natural tranquility of this peaceful wood. 

Along the route, approximately three quarters of a mile into the walk you will pass a number of historical features including an Old Blacksmith’s Forge and the remnants of an old road. A few hundred metres after this follow the way markers to descend back down to the boundary wall of the wood where you will spot squirrel boxes in the trees and end at a wooden structure which is the Cregagh Wood Viewing Hide. Run by the Glens Red Squirrel Group, access to the hide can be arranged in advance see http://glensredsquirrelgroup.com/cregagh-hide/ for more information.

The walk is waymarked both ways so you can either return via the same route through the wood or walk back via the Glendun Rd (approx. 0.5 miles) with stunning countryside views of the Glens.  

Note this walk can be muddy underfoot therefore appropriate walking shoes should be worn. 

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Carparking is available at the St Patricks Church on the Glendun Rd. From Cushendun Caravan Park head along the Glendun Rd for approximately 1 mile until you see the church and carpark on your left.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under control

Facilities

The nearest toilet / café facilities are situated in Cushendun

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Ratings and Comments

★★★★☆
Rob McAuley 22 November, 2018 @ 17:59

My wife and myself walked this wonderful little woodland today (22/11/18) and it was quiet and peaceful other than the leaves crackling underfoot. Parked, as suggested, at the church and only a short walk along a traffic free, narrow paved road. Spotted only one red squirrel, which always gives us great pleasure, and two jays. Only the second time I've seen these birds in NI, the other being in Binevenagh forest. One problem is that the beautiful walk is too short and too few similar areas in NI.

★★★★★
Sinéad Mathers 13 May, 2017 @ 09:43

What a wonderful woodland walk, steep in places. I like the fact that it is a simple way marked track through one of the largest remaining woodlands in The Glens of Antrim. A great place to enjoy the seasons. I have been there in autumn and now in early summer. The contrast is amazing. From the golden browns of autumn to the radiant bluebell filled woodland in May, this place is a sight to behold. We also saw a red squirrel!!!!

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