Rea’s Wood

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Reas Wood extends along part of the shore of Lough Neagh. It is a great example of a wet woodland and has a rich diversity of wildlife to see. Keep dogs on leads. The path will eventually form part of the Lough Neagh Cycle Way.

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  • Simply stunning walk in Rea’s Wood this morning , mostly along the lough shore. Bluebells were everywhere, the sun was shining, the strong smell of wild garlic and the water lapping all around us made it a memorable outing Without doubt one of the best walks around. Waterproof footwear is highly recommended.

    Chris at 3:25 pm
  • A nice walk along the shore of Lough Neagh and then through the woodland.
    We last visited on a sunny Spring afternoon and the wood was full of Bluebells and Wild Garlic.
    The walking route is easy to follow and there are also other rougher paths that take you through the woods and onto the shoreline
    On a good day the views across the lough are really nice and swans, ducks and Grey Herons can be seen.
    We saw no dog fouling and very little litter on our latest walk here.

    Phil at 12:11 am
  • Had a fabulous walk today started at Lough shore carpark through reas wood to the Dublin road .On route scrapped of paint on information board left by Vandals. Apart from that fantastic walk.

    Lawrence at 2:54 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.6 miles

    OS Map Sheet 14

    Terrain Off road paths

    Nearest Town Antrim

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J135866

    Route Type Lakeland, Woodland

    Route Description

    *** Please note that debris and litter deposited on the path after high water levels and extensive flooding during the winter, have now been cleared from the path ***

    From the carpark, follow the path into Rea’s Wood. Continue to walk through the wood, ignoring all tracks off to the right or left.

    After 750m you reach the National Nature Reserve. After a further kilometre, the path reaches an iron gate. This is the southern limit of the Nature Reserve and there is no public access beyond this point.

    To finish this short walk, simply retrace your steps back to the Lough Shore Park.

    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

    Views of Lough Neagh, wildfowl and woodland birds

    Getting to the start

    Follow the signs to the Lough Shore Park off the Dublin Road in Antrim. On reaching the Park, turn left and continue to the car park that looks out over Lough Neagh. Rea’s Wood now lies to your left as you look out over the Lough.

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    Toilets and refreshments are available in the Loughshore Park. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Disabled toilets – Disabled parking – At least 15 spaces

    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.