Woodland Trail - (4km)
Collectively known as Drumnaph Wood, the wonderful mix of habitats here comprises wetland, recently planted woodland and ancient woodland – an extremely rare and precious resource.
The ancient woodland has seen centuries come and go. With a helping hand from old maps, estate records and natural features, it has been traced back as far as 1599. Its close canopy of Hazel and Holly is interspersed with some fine old Oaks. One of these, McCartney’s Oak, is named after a grazier who lived in the 1860s and is said to have sheltered under the tree during the summer months.
Rush meadow buffers the ancient woodland, and almost 30,000 native trees have been planted in the fields further north. All provide a thriving haven for wildlife, from Sparrowhawks and Buzzards to Otters and the Irish Hare. Springtime visitors receive a colourful greeting from the Wood Anemone, Wood Sorrel, Bluebells and Primroses that carpet the ancient woodland floor.