Banagher Glen

(6 reviews)

Short walk through the steep wooded Banagher Glen, one of the oldest ancient oak woodlands in Ireland to Altnaheglish Reservoir and Banagher Dam. Surfaced road from car park to dam with some very steep sections.

The gate to the car park is open from June
to September 9.00 am-9.00 pm at weekends. During July and August, it is open daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. However, access to the reserve is
available all year round by parking just outside the reserve gate.

Banagher Nature Reserve is one of 50 similar reserves in Northern Ireland

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  • An absolutely beautiful walk with stunning views, good paths and parking facilities. Unfortunately I couldn’t give it 5 stars because there are no markers or signage along the route. We ended up talking a wrong turn in the forest section and walking a few extra miles, so bear this in mind if it’s your first time. That said, I will definitely be back to do this stunning walk again next year.

    David Smyth at 2:02 pm
  • Its out of this world. I think its breathtaking. My daughter and I did the walk yesterday. Enjoyed every minute . Definitely recommend.
    I would love to see more directions in how to complete the whole walk. Will return.

    Angela at 1:20 pm
  • Great walk but need signage along route to keep walkers informed about how far they are into walk and how far to end of trail

    paul lenehan at 2:59 pm
  • County Londonderry

    Distance 1.9 miles

    OS Map Sheet 7 or Sperrins Activity Map

    Terrain Surfaced road

    Nearest Town Dungiven or Feeny

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference C672048

    Route Type Woodland

    Route Description

    From car park pass through kissing gate and continue past old filter house. At fork in the road take a left and continue climbing along the surfaced road, crossing a number of bridges on the ascent until the dam comes into view. Retrace your steps to the start.

    Point of Interest

    Ancient woodland, flora & fauna

    Getting to the start

    The reserve lies 4 miles to the south of Dungiven and can be accessed by the narrow Magheramore Rd.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Dogs must be kept under close control


    Seasonal toilets at car park. Refreshments + toilets in Dungiven.

    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.