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Burntollet Wood

Burntollet Wood sits in the picturesque Faughan Valley, just south-east of the city of Londonderry. The 24-hectare (59-acre) wood, still in its infancy, sits adjacent to Ness Country Park – an Area of Special Scientific Interest containing fragments of rare ancient woodland. The Woodland Trust has planted over 43,000 native trees at Burntollet, mostly oak with scatterings of ash, alder and wild cherry. The young trees will buffer the nearby pockets of ancient woodland, slowly linking habitats together and providing an extended haunt for the Valley’s precious wildlife. In summertime, visitors will be treated to 11 hectares (27 acres) of gloriously coloured wild flowers. Vibrant displays of yellow rattle, birdsfoot trefoil, red campion, and ox-eye daisy await you. The flowers, interspersed with clover, barley and oats, provide a valuable habitat for numerous species of insects and birds.

County

Londonderry

Distance

1 miles

OS Map

7

Nearest Town

Derry/ Claudy

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Woodland

Terrain

Wide, gravel paths

Grid Reference (Start)

509 108

Grid Reference (End)

509 108

Point of Interest

Viewpoints, wildlife, wildflowers

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Kissing-gates, wooden seats and several quaint stone bridges have been installed. Have a seat and admire the stunning views over the wider Faughan Valley with its native woodland and rolling farmland. On a clear day, feast your eyes upon County Tyrone’s Sperrin Mountains which rise up to greet you.

Schoolchildren have made their mark by designing and creating special mosaic tiles. Each tile was handmade with tiny pieces of coloured pebbles, carefully pieced together to form the image of a woodland creature. Strategically placed, the tiles now form the basis of a much-loved nature trail.

Leave Ervey Wood Car Park and follow the red waymarker arrows around Burntollet Wood, in a clockwise direction. You will pass by several viewpoints and information panels describing wildlife and wildflowers that can be found in the area. Pass through a kissing gate to bypass a private property, before re-entering the wood through another kissing gate. Continue to follow the path back to Ervey Wood Car Park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

Burntollet Wood is approximately 11 km (7 miles) south-east of the city of Londonderry and almost 5 km (3 miles) north-west of Claudy. Travelling along the A6 from Belfast-Londonderry, pass through Dungiven and proceed for approximately 19 km (12 miles). On the right hand side of the Glenshane Road you will see Ness Nurseries. Just after Ness Nurseries, take a right turn to Ervey Wood, as marked by road signs. Follow the signs to Ervey Wood/Ness Country Park car park.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed.

Facilities

Facilities available at the nearby Ness Country Park Visitors Centre

Publication

Burntollet Woodland Trust Leaflet

Publication Availability

Contact Woodland Trust: tel 028 9127 5787 or email wtni@woodlandtrust.org.uk. Alternatively download a copy of the leaflet here on this webpage.

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