Ballykelly Forest, just outside of Derry City, was the Northern Ireland Forestry Boards first planted forest, started in 1912 and finished in the 60's. Its a working forest, so parts are always changing, being cut, thinned, replanted and the likes so its an interesting place to go visit. The planting in 1912 started with Douglas Fir (only 'discovered' 90 or so years before by David Douglas) but species now include Oaks, birch, spruce, larch and hazel. There is a great path network, with a choice of 5 routes, and umpteen small mountain bike routes here and there all over the place!!
Ballykelly Forest....you've probably noticed the sign as you drive to Limavady/Derry....Its ont he left hand side, 1/2 mile from Ballykelly (when travelling from Derry)....but have you ever been there?
Wee Ballykelly was the very first State forest planted in Northern Ireland, puchased in 1910 and planting started in 1912, so we're looking at a forest which has a certain significance in Northern Ireland.
Meet up in Forest Car Park
kids - aye
dogs - aye
Time - 12 noon
Cost - nought....but a wee hat might get passed around for donations to charity....
Dress for a muddy forest and you'll not go wrong
see map here
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