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Ness Country Park


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50 Oughtagh Road, Killaloo, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry, BT47 3TR
Ness Country Park

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Ness Wood is named for ‘an las’ or Ness, meaning Waterfall, in this case one of the highest waterfall in Northern Ireland. After the last ice age, ten thousand years ago, the old Burntollet Rivercourse was blocked by glacial deposits. In eroding a new channel through the rock, the river has created the magnificent waterfall, gorges, portholes and rapids which are a feature of Ness Woods.
The Country Park is 55 hectares of mixed woodland along with open parkland which extends along both sides of the Burntollet River. There are over 7km of stunning woodland and riverside walks including a magnificent waterfall walk.

For the less able visitors, there is also a meadow walk which offers easy access walking. The park also has picnic tables, wildlife ponds, wildflower meadows and a new visitor centre with local information and an exhibition on woodland biodiversity.
Facilities include visitors centre, toilets, woodland and riverside paths, children’s playpark, picnic areas and car parks..
Car parking at 4 points:
Main car park at Visitors Centre (access via Oughtagh Road). 9am-4pm
Open access car park ( Donaghy’s ) at main entrance (access via Oughtagh Road).
Open access Ness Wood car park (access via Oughtagh Road).
Limited access ( 9.30am – 4pm daily ) Ervey Wood car park (access via Ervey Road).

By car: The park is 4.5 km north-west of the village of Claudy and 13 km south-east of Derry. The park is signposted from the A6, via Oughtagh Rd.
By public transport: There is a regular bus service between Derry and Dungiven on the A6. From the main road it is a 2.5-mile walk to the start of the walk. For info on bus times contact Ulsterbus Ltd, or 028 7126 2261

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  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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Opening Times

* Car Parks Donaghy's Car Park and Ness Wood Car park remain open all year round. The Main Car Park at the Visitor Centre and Ervey Wood Car Park are open; 9.00am to 6.30pm 1st April to 31st May,
9.00am to 8.30pm 1st June to 31st August,
9.00am to 6.30pm 1st September to 30th September
9.00am to 4.00pm 1st October to 31st March

Toilet facilities are open from are open -
9.00am to 6.30pm 1st April to 31st May,
9.00am to 8.30pm 1st June to 31st August,
9.00am to 6.30pm 1st September to 30th September
9.00am to 4.00pm 1st October to 31st March
however visitors are asked to please note that some facilities may be reduced to allow for social distancing and that local measures to ensure public and staff safety should be followed as necessary.

Please note that car parks may be temporarily closed at times to support social distancing if sites become particularly busy or crowded.
Make sure that you follow Public Health Agency guidelines and maintain social distancing at all times.

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Road Directions

Directions from Town:
Off A6, 7 miles south-east of Londonderry.

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