The Woodland Trail begins and finishes at the trailhead that is located inside the forest barrier. The blue arrows will guide you around in a loop through what is classed as an 'old woodland', this means that it has been continuously wooded since at least the 1830's. This was concluded by examining various editions of six inch ordnance survey maps. It is also being managed for biodiversity as significant pockets of relict woodland vegetation have been identified where native species assemblages are present. Another interesting point to be mindful of as you traverse this trial, is that the woodland management system being used in Castleblagh is 'continuous cover forestry'. This favours broadleaves and light-crowned conifer species, identifying areas to be managed under minimum intervention whilst retaining old trees and dead wood.
Along the way, there are views of Ballyhooly Castle and church in the distance and the adjoining lush countryside. The Blackwater/Avondhu Way, a long distance national way marked way also passes through the forest.
|Trail Name:||Woodland Trail|
|Recreation Site:||Castleblagh [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Forest entrance|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Metres Climb:||50 m|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Forest entrance|
|Trail Way marking:||blue|