Banagher Forest and Altnaheglish Reservoir Circular

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Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Banagher Forest and Altnaheglish Reservoir Circular is a 8.1 mile loop trail located near Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Length8.1 miElevation gain1,778 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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NOTE: Car park closes at 9pm. There are no toilet facilities at the dam itself. This walk takes you through the vast Banagher Forest on the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains and through some very pretty countryside. It passes the Altnaheglish Reservoir and Dam.

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Seanpaul Brinkley
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WalkingGreat!

Great walk up to the dam, but couldn't get the loop trail, must have took a wrong turn, more sign would be needed, we just parked car went up to the dam walked on to we came to the main roads and came back down again the same way, it took about 3 hours over all, it was 17.22 km, near 10.5 miles

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Sharon Devlin
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Second time doing this and if you go right way round i found it easier this way brilliant walk

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Matthew User
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Nice walk, about sums it up!

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Gerry McConnell
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Banagher Forest and Altnaheglish Reservoir Circular from the Draperstown/ Cookstown side

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colin Brown
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Hiking

hard at the start the views were amazing

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Sharon Devlin
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Hiking

Brilliant walk, my phone battery died so didnt get it all recorded, will be back, some amazing views

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Anne Currie
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RICHARD MISCHOOK
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HikingGreat!

A really lovely walk over varied to varied terrain. A steep climb brings you to a walk aside a deep gorge with a lovely river at the bottom. Some nice forest walks around the reservoir. There can be some sheep about (and once ran into stubborn ram) but was able to leave the dog off the leash for most of the walk which she loved too. 

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Jemmie The Hiker
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WalkingGreat!

Did this yesterday. Loved it. Gravel paths the whole way round, Some maintenance work being done in a tiny hole on forest side so we just hopped past the barrier and carried on. Very tranquil at the dam and great place to stop for coffee and listen to the birds. Streams and little man made waterfalls the whole way round. Hundreds of frogs near entrance in the afternoon. Mind where you walk.... they are everywhere . Only a few inclines past the lake and heading into the forest side. A good 13.5 k well done.

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Marius Murphy
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Marius Murphy
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Rosie Mc Gettigan
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Marius Murphy
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Neil Lutton
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Hiking

Excellent trail, good mixed surfaces and inclines. Worth bringing navigation equipment as there are few trail markings

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Seamus Kennedy
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Great walk beautiful

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Rachel Temple
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Marius Murphy
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Good walk, part of the trail was washed away but still passable.

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Eoin Ellis
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Trevor Doherty
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HikingGreat!

Good path all the way round, very enjoyable. Snow on the ground and a frozen lake added to the experience

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rosie obrien
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Sign for road closed as your going through forest but it is passable,

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Natalie Mccloskey
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James Nangle
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Paul O'Hara
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David McElhinney
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Stuart mcelhinney3@
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Hiking

Great walk, s few signposts would have helped

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Julie McCartney
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Natalie Ferris
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Bird watchingGreat!

The trail was stunning, unbelievable views! Nice terrain and well worn roads. Better sign posting would be appreciated but overall a spectacular walk.

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Pamela Stanley
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Beautiful scenery

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Cherie Chivers
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Patricia Mulligan
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