Rea's Wood Walk - Antrim

Reas Wood extends along part of the shore of Lough Neagh. It is a great example of a wet woodland and has a rich diversity of wildlife to see. The path will eventually form part of the Lough Neagh Cycle Way.

Technical sheet No. 31275935

A Antrim walk posted on 03/03/23 by Walk NI. Last update : 02/05/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30 ?
Distance Distance : 5.07 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 8 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 8 m
Highest point Highest point : 21 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 13 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Antrim
Starting point Starting point : N 54.714806° / W 6.239394°
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Rea's Wood


Start : Antrim Lough Shore Park Car Park, 72 Lough Rd, Antrim (BT41 4DQ). Rea’s Wood.

(D/A) From the car park, follow the path South-East into Rea’s Wood. Continue to walk through the wood, ignoring all tracks off to the right or left.

(1) After 750m you reach the National Nature Reserve.

(2) After a further kilometre, the path reaches an iron gate. This is the southern limit of the Nature Reserve and there is no public access beyond this point. To finish this short walk, simply retrace your steps back to the Lough Shore Park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 13 m - Lough Shore Park
1 : km 1.64 - alt. 19 m - National Nature Reserve
2 : km 2.53 - alt. 18 m - Iron Gate
D/A : km 5.07 - alt. 13 m - Lough Shore Park

Useful Information

Start & parking: Antrim Lough Shore Park Car Park, 72 Lough Rd, Antrim (BT41 4DQ). Rea’s Wood.

Driving to start : Follow the signs to the Lough Shore Park off the Dublin Road in Antrim. On reaching the Park, turn left and continue to the car park that looks out over Lough Neagh. Rea’s Wood now lies to your left as you look out over the Lough.

Terrain : Off road paths

Public Transport : Translink

Facilities : Toilets and refreshments are available in the Loughshore Park.

Dog policy : Keep dogs on leads

Note : These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time. Please note that debris and litter deposited on the path after high water levels and extensive flooding during the winter, have now been cleared from the path.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Lough Neagh is a freshwater lake in Northern Ireland and is the largest lake in the island of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the British Isles. It has a surface area of 151 square miles (392 square kilometres) and supplies 40% of Northern Ireland's water. Its main inflows come from the Upper River Bann and River Blackwater, and its main outflow is the Lower River Bann. Its name comes from Irish Loch nEachach, meaning "Eachaidh's lake". The lough is owned by the Earl of Shaftesbury and managed by Lough Neagh Partnership Ltd.

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