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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 has recently launched a brand new network of walking and mountain biking trails which is set to put this forgotten forest back on the map. 

County

Tyrone

Distance

2 miles

OS Map

13

Nearest Town

Cookstown

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Forest, Riverside

Terrain

forest trails with loose gravel

Grid Reference (Start)

H694862

Grid Reference (End)

H694862

Point of Interest

Davagh Water, Davagh Forest

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Davagh Forest’s short circular walk begins from the upper 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.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink operate Goldline Service 210 from Belfast (Europa Buscentre) to Cookstown twice a day. This service can accommodate two full sized bicycles in the luggage compartment free of charge.

Passengers are encouraged to book with Translink on 028 9066 6630 before travelling. See link below to Translink website.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Located approximately 50 miles from Belfast, 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.

TRAILHEAD POSTCODE: BT79 8JH

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3

Facilities

There is a car park and picnic facilities available at the trailhead.

Publication

Davagh Forest Trail Card

Publication Availability

Available to purchase from www.mountainbikeni.com/trail-cards

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Ratings and Comments

★★★★★
Cosmin 24 April, 2016 @ 15:25

Great trail! Easy for the whole family. Next time we will be cycling for sure.

★★★★★
Helen Boyde 6 August, 2014 @ 14:14

We recently visited Davagh Forest when we stayed in a holiday cottage nearby. We were looking for somewhere different to walk our dogs and what a wonderful surprise! We did one of the walking trails, it took a good hour and a half at a leisurely amble and it took us through some amazingly beautiful scenery. Around one corner we were very lucky to come across a deer stood in the middle of the path, I'm not sure who was more surprised to see who! We will be visiting NI again and without doubt we will be coming back to Davagh Forst.

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