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Size:

6.71 ha (16.58 acres)

Grid reference:

C511094

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This enchanting oak wood nestled in the stunning Faughan Valley is a charming mix of ancient woodland and newer planting. It has a splendid bluebell display in spring, and is home to some wonderful wildlife, including red squirrels, otters and a growing number of bird species.

Features

  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Autumn colour
  • Spring flowers
  • Grassland
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Killaloo Wood

The 7.6-hectare (18.8-acre) site is located at Killaloo, a hamlet 8km (5 miles) south-west of Derry/Londonderry on the A6 Dungiven/Belfast Road.

From Derry/Londonderry, head south along the A6 for about 9.6km (6 miles). From Belfast, pass through Dungiven on the A6 and continue for about 19km (12 miles).

Access to Killaloo Wood is via the small car park adjacent to the B74 Glenshane Road junction. Alternatively, parking is also available at the lay-by next to Brackfield Wood and at Brackfield Bawn, with a short walk to Killaloo Wood. Please take care along this busy section of road.

The nearest train station is in Derry/Londonderry.

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The nearest bus stop is along the main A6 highway, not far from the wood.

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Facilities and access

Pedestrian access is through a series of kissing gates from the track opposite Brackfield Bawn, from the old Glenshane Road and from the river’s edge.

A path takes you through the smaller section of wood, across the fields that separate the two sections, and alongside the river. Look out for the galvanised steel seat shaped like an oak leaf, installed to mark the millennium.

A small car park is located adjacent to the B74 Glenshane Road junction. Parking is also possible along lay-bys near the wood, on either side of the A6 highway. There is another car park close to our Burntollet Wood – follow the signs for ‘Ervey Wood car park’.

There is a small toilet block with a wheelchair ramp at the Ness Country Park (2.8km/1.7 miles) which is managed by the Forest Service.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

The Faughan Valley’s mammal species include red squirrel, otter, fox, badger and possibly pine marten.

In the summer months, you may be lucky enough to spot the purple hairstreak butterfly, recognised by the flash of intense violet on its dusky wings.

The river also has a large population of Atlantic salmon, and several priority species – twaite shad, European smelt, sea lamprey, and brook lamprey – have been reported in the estuaries. It’s also a magnet for kingfishers!

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Trees, plants and fungi

The wood contains fragments of semi-natural ancient woodland and 4.4 hectares (10.7 acres) of new native woodland which was planted as part of the Woods on Your Doorstep community woodland creation project.

In spring, you’ll be greeted by a splendid display of vivid bluebells, sprinkled with the white of wood anemone and wild garlic. And in autumn, the woodland bursts into reds, golds and russets.

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Habitats

The varied woodland at Killaloo, especially ancient woodland, is a haven for wildlife.

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About Killaloo Wood

Killaloo Wood is one of the 50 sites in Northern Ireland chosen as a Woods on Your Doorstep wood to celebrate the new millennium. Its purchase in 2001 was partly funded by the Environment and Heritage Service. The Millennium Commission provided 50% of the funding for the development and maintenance of these sites over the first five years.

Following consultation with the local community and Homebase employees, 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of the site was planted with a mixture of native broadleaved trees dominated by oak. This is particularly appropriate in the Derry/Londonderry area as its name is derived from the Irish ‘dair’ (oak), or ‘doire’ (oak grove).

Things to do at Killaloo Wood

Walks

After exploring Killaloo, why not extend your walk into the other Trust-owned sites in the valley? With its diverse woodlands, tranquil riverside walks, plentiful wildlife and stunning views, the Faughan Valley has so much to offer.

Killaloo Wood - Management plan

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Killaloo Wood Management Plan

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