An Creagán Biodiversity Trail

An Creagán Boidiversity Trail provides a safe and friendly place to de-stress in a uniquely tranquil and picturesque environment. Starting from An Creagán the walk begins with a Biodiversity Trail and a series of panels on the plants found on the bogs of Creggan. The walk continues through the forest where a variety of wildlife can be observed, the trail makes its way along the Glasagh Burn with beautiful views of Cashel mountain.

Technical sheet
No. 29798294
A Omagh walk posted on 09/01/23 by Walk NI. Update : 10/01/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 0h10[?]
Distance Distance : 0.43 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 3 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 3 m
Highest point Highest point : 185 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 182 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Omagh
Starting point Starting point : N 54.654566° / W 7.035203°
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Description

Start : Starting from An Creagán Visitor Centre (DT79 9AQ) Grid ref. NV 753 404

(D/A) As you approach An Creagán visitor complex, turn left (North-West) and walk up the slope between the large stones at the beginning of the route. As you come to the brow of this incline you will have a view to your left across a 22 acre remnant of the once much larger Creggan Bog.(A)

Continuing along the gravel path you will notice to your right the hollowed out landscape of a decommissioned gravel quarry. (B)

(1) You will come to a junction where you take the right fork (South-East-South) through a wooden gate marking the entrance to the quarry, now known as the “Wild Woods” and used by groups of young children for natural, outdoor play. Pass through the gate (leaving it in the position you found it, open or closed!) and you will see how the vegetation changes in this gravelly, well-drained soil. (C)

As you gradually descend (D) you will pass three man-made ponds on your left before coming to a second gate which marks the exit of the Wild Woods and the entrance to the community garden. Past the raised beds you will come to Ballybriest Wedge Tomb (E) on your left.

Passing the duck pond on your left you will come to the courtyard of An Creagán centre and back to your starting point. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 182 m - An Creagan Visitor Centre
1 : km 0.27 - alt. 183 m - Junction - Wooden gate
D/A : km 0.43 - alt. 182 m - An Creagan Visitor Centre

Useful Information

Start : Starting from An Creagán Visitor Centre (DT79 9AQ) Grid ref. NV 753 404
To get to the start, follow the A505 toward Cookstown. The An Creagan Centre is 13 miles along the road on the right handside.

Parking : Park at An Creagan Visitor Centre. There are also parking, visitor Information Office, restaurant, accommodation and toilets.

Public transport : Translink Journey Planner

Terrain : Gravel, wooden boardwalk. The Biodiversity Trail is fully accessible for buggies and wheelchairs.

Note : Dogs must be kept on leads.

Find more information and walk ideas at Walk NI here.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

See the range and variety of the habitat, visitor centre.
The Biodiversity Trail is a short walk which lets you get a feel for the Sperrin landscape.

(A) Creggan Bog This is a small piece of undeveloped raised bog which is home to unique colonies of plants including 14 different types of sphagnum moss, cranberry, crowberry, bilberry and the insect eating sundews, amongst others. A gravel path leads you along the edge of this bog with a short board-walked outshot giving you the chance to get out into the midst of this soft, peaty landscape without getting your feet wet. At intervals you will come across interpretative panels which give a description of some of the native plants.

(B) The decommissioned gravel quarry : Closed since the 1960s it is now populated by willow and birch with a system of ponds running through the quarry floor. These are home to the protected smooth newt as well as our common frog, who puts on rather a spectacle during the spawning season when they gather in their hundreds in search of a mate.

(C) Gravelly, well-drained soil vegetation : A stark comparison to the moist peat of Creggan Bog. Bell heathers, gorse, bramble and devil’s-bit scabious reside here, amongst others.

(D) Other informations about the decommissioned gravel quarry :The steep sides of this quarry provide a glimpse into history, where glacial activity once deposited mounds of sand and gravel before the “big thaw” allowed the surface to re-vegetate and lay down peat, which can be seen as a distinct layer on top.

(E) Ballybriest Wedge Tomb: A nice example of its type and once housing cremated remains and assorted grave offerings, it was relocated here in 2001 as it was threatened by development in its original position on the slopes of Slieve Gallion.

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