More about Burntollet Wood

Fields of wildflowers at Burntollet Wood

Burntollet is an exciting new wood located in the Faughan Valley, south-east of Londonderry. Planted by members of the local community to buffer and protect ancient woodland in nearby Ness Country Park, Burntollet also boasts one of the largest wildflower meadows in the country.

Explore newly planted broadleaf trees, count butterflies in the wildflower meadows, and keep an eye out for buzzards and red squirrels on the walk to Ness Country Park.

The local community planted more than 43,00 trees to create Burntollet Wood. Is it hoped that, as the woodland grows, wildlife from nearby Ness Country Park will move in to colonise this new habitat.

Kissing gates, wooden seats and stone bridges have also been installed, making this the perfect place to come and watch trees grow.

A waymarked circular path takes you around the site, where you can stop and read information boards about the trees, wildflowers, wildlife and views over the Faughan Valley. The route is dotted with mosaic tiles created by local school children, each one depicting a woodland creature you might spot. From here you can join the Ness Country Park. Download the Burntollet leaflet (PDF, 1.6MB) for details. 

The path around Burntollet can be steep and may not be suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.

Finding Burntollet Wood

Burntollet Wood is roughly 7 miles south-east of the city of Londonderry, next to Ness County Country Park.

OSNI Discoverer 7, 663733.

By car

From Londonderry head south along the A6. Pass through Dungiven and drive for about 12 miles. On the right hand side of the Glenshane Road you will see Ness Nurseries. Just after Ness Nurseries, take a right and then follow signs to Ervey Wood/Ness Country Park car park.

By public transport

There is a regular bus service between Derry & Dungiven on the A6. Visit translink for details of times. 

Accessing the wood

There are several entrance points into Burntollet Wood via kissing gates, including four along the Ervey Road. The main entrance is located from the car park.