Mountsandel Wood

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Forest walks on the eastern bank of the River Bann, in the vicinity of Mountsandel Fort. A mesolithic site, the earliest known settlement site of man in Ireland. Choice of high level route or low level riverside route.

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  • Despite living most of my life in Coleraine, I only recently discovered this beautiful walk. Like many treasures, sometimes those on your doorstep are the ones least explored.

    Cathy Harris at 1:24 am
  • Easy to access from Mountsandel Road which is within walking distance of Coleraine town centre. Choice of two routes each of which crosses at the site of the fort. Mainly woodland trail with a few short climbs depending on chosen route. Views of River Bann and of course the settlement location. Various info boards re history and location throught the trail. Shady walk, lower path close to river and may be liable to floodng in particularly wet conditions. Overall, well worth the effort.

    Leslie Irwin at 4:48 pm
  • Really easy and interesting walk. Lots to see.

    Lorron at 12:41 pm
  • County Londonderry

    Distance 2.3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 4

    Terrain Gravelled forest paths

    Nearest Town Coleraine

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference C862303

    Route Type Forest, Woodland

    Route Description

    Within the wood there are basically two linear paths, one along the top of the slope and the other at the foot of the slope, partly following the line of the River Bann. Walkers can combine the two paths to form a circular route, or make use of the steps at the Fort to create alternative routes.

    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 – link below.

    Point of Interest

    Mountsandel Fort and mesolithic site

    Getting to the start

    Both entrances to Mountsandel Wood are off Mountsandel Road, to the south of Coleraine town centre, towards the outskirts of town.

    Public transport

    Translink –


    Refreshments and toilets available in Coleraine.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.