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Cregagh Wood

Cushendun, Co Antrim
Cregagh Wood

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Linear 2km walk from St. Patricks Church, Glendun Road, Cushendun through Cregagh Wood Local Nature Reserve, Cushendun. Park at the Church and follow the Glendun Road west for 300m to the entrance of Cregagh Wood. The Wood is in private ownership and is managed by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as a Local Nature Reserve. The pathway through the wood is steep and soft under foot so strong solid footwear and waterproof clothing is recommended.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Red Squirrels The red squirrel is believed to have been present in Ireland since the end of the last Ice Age. During the 1700s it is thought to have become extinct in Ireland. But this may not have been the case as there may have been small isolated pockets in the same way this is today. Whether this was due to disease, hunting or loss of habitat is not known. During the early 1800s, red squirrels were reintroduced to Ireland from Britain and by the early 1900s were present in all counties in Ireland, both north and south. The population continued to increase for a short time, then began to decline rapidly across the British Isles.

TERRAIN: steep and slippery – suitable footwear should be worn.
FACILITIES: Carpark at St Patricks Chapel on Cushendun Road.
OS MAP REF Sheet 5
GRADE: MEDIUM
DISTANCE: 1.2 Miles / 2 KM. linear walk
DURATION: (APPROX) 1 hour
DOGS Allowed.
Nearest Town Ballycastle
GRID REFERENCE D233321

Start Point:
D233321

Finish Point:
D233321

Route:
Keeping the church car park behind you on your left, continue walking on the Glendun Rd until you see a wooden post indicating the entrance to Cregagh Wood on the right hand side of the road. Enter the Wood through the black iron gate.  From here there is a very steep incline to the first way marker post. Continue uphill until the way markers instruct you to veer left.  After this continue making your way through the wood following the way markers as you weave in and out of interesting trees and enjoy the natural tranquility of this peaceful wood.  Along the route, approximately three quarters of a mile into the walk you will pass a number of historical features including an Old Blacksmith’s Forge and the remnants of an old road. A few hundred metres after this follow the way markers to descend back down to the boundary wall of the wood where you will spot squirrel boxes in the trees and end at a wooden structure which is the Cregagh Wood Viewing Hide. Run by the Glens Red Squirrel Group, access to the hide can be arranged in advance see http://glensredsquirrelgroup.com/cregagh-hide/ for more information. The walk is waymarked both ways so you can either return via the same route through the wood or walk back via the Glendun Rd (approx. 0.5 miles) with stunning countryside views of the Glens.   Note this walk can be muddy underfoot therefore appropriate walking shoes should be worn.

Distance:
0.9 miles

Terrain:
Uneven forest floor with steep s

Point of interest:
Red squirrel hide

Facilities:
The nearest toilet / café facilities are situated in Cushendun

Nearest town:
Cushendun

OS map:
Sheet 5

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