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.
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
*** 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.
Views of Lough Neagh, wildfowl and woodland birds
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.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
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
- 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.