Drumlamph Wood

Just outside Maghera, Drumlamph Wood is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and precious ancient woods.  Drumlamph Wood has been traced back as far as 1599 and was once part of the extensive oak forest of Killetra in south-east County Londonderry.

Look out for historical features such as the rath (or hillfort) to the north of the site, which is indicative of an early Christian settlement.  The ancient woodland is buffered by rush meadow and wetland, with recently planted woodland in the fields further north. All provide a wonderful haven for wildlife, from sparrowhawks and buzzards to mammals such as otters and the Irish hare.

Springtime visitors will see bluebells, wood anemone, wood sorrel and primrose which carpet the ancient woodland floor. A car park is in place and a choice of walking routes, the longest three miles, will lead you on your woodland journey. One section, approximately 400 metres of pathway, is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Woodland Trust