The Davagh Forest dog walk is hidden gem. Davagh Forest lies approximately 6 miles North West of Cookstown in what is an untouched rural landscape. Mid-Ulster District Council has recently launched walking and mountain biking trails through the Forest. This is in an attempt to unlock Davagh’s unique potential as a recreational hub.
Travelling from Draperstown head on the B47 and go through the village of Straw. Turning left on the Sixtowns Road. Bear left on the Davagh Road signed “East Sperrins Scenic Route” and after 3 miles the trailhead will be on your left hand side.
Davagh Forest’s short circular walk starts at the upper car park and follows the black Waymarker arrows along the banks of Davagh Water.
This wonderful riverside path winds through lush green, almost fluorescent, woodland before crossing over Davagh Water and gradually ascending to meet the main forest road. Look out for the red tint of the river when crossing the newly constructed footbridge.
Enjoy the hospitality of the Doyle Family at the Shepard’s Rest Pub and Campsite on the way through The Sixtowns. The village of Draperstown also offers a variety of options depending on whether you are after a quick snack, lunch or dinner. Outside facilities are available, weather permitting.