The Woodland Loop starts off at the high car-park and winds its way down past the amenity area & the wildlife enclosure into the forest. The trail takes the walker through stands of Douglas fir, Japanese larch and Norway spruce that are lined by naturally regenerated Red oak, elder, sycamore, Rowan, holly & ash. There is a healthy ground & shrub layer in the forest where light has been able to penetrate through the tree canopy & species such as various ferns, Woodbine, ivies and briars can survive. There are also many woodland flowers visible through the seasons such as bluebells, St. John's Wort, Herb Robert, foxgloves, primroses and Wood sorrel.
A treat on this loop, is a short but worthwhile 100m leg off the track down to Mallard Cove, that is waymarked white. This is a tranquil spot that provides magnificent views out over the lake, Lee Valley and the adjoining rolling countryside.
The main trail continues on to the open grassy verges of Inniscarra Lake, which affords more expansive views. Rowers can be seen training or competing in regattas on the lake. The last section of the walk takes you past the National Rowing Centre & up the hill to the forest entrance and car park. This loop gives the user a good sense of the compactness yet wide variety that is available at Farran.
|Trail Name:||Woodland Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Farran Forest Park [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car Park Barrier|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Car Park Barrier|
|Trail Way marking:||Blue|