Various short routes are available in the forest on the southern and northern side of the A2 just west of Walworth and Ballykelly. Popular with walkers, dog walkers and runners. Also known as the Camman Wood, Ballykelly Forest was a popular haunt for highwaymen terrorising the coach road from Coleraine to Derry.

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Ballykelly Forest

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  • I wouldn’t be a fan of this walk. The woodland looks great but I think it’s mainly used by mountain bikes as the route it very mucky. Definitely a great one if you are on a bike or wearing boots but too mucky and too much effort needed if walking. Best left to the bikers

    Rhonda V at 9:47 pm
  • County Londonderry

    Distance 2.3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 4 or 7

    Terrain Forest track

    Nearest Town Ballykelly

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference C614219

    Route Type Forest

    Route Description

    From the car park a number of looped routes are possible on the southern section of the forest. The forest on the northern side of the road provides a short linear trail.

    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 (see link below)/

    Point of Interest

    Oldest state forest in NI, known as Camman Wood

    Getting to the start

    On the south side of the A2 1 mile west of Ballykelly.

    Public transport

    Translink –


    Refreshments & toilets in Ballykelly

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6°.
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.