Bann Woods North Forest

Bann Woods North are six small woods next to the River Bann. The woods are located south of Coleraine and extending south to the Agivey Bridge close to Ballymoney.


There are no facilities for recreational activities provided. The public is welcome to visit this forest on foot.

To arrange a special event or activity in this forest, such as sporting events or educational visits, contact the recreation manager at Garvagh Forest Office.

Occasionally there may be restricted access to parts of the forest due to forestry work so follow the safety advice on forest signs.

Opening times

The forests are open every day from 8.00 am until sunset. Admission is free.

About this forest

These woods total 34 hectares in size with the largest only eight hectares. Local names are Coole Glebe, Colebreene, Gills Upper, Gills Lower, Drumaheglis South and Eden.

They are sometimes called the Bann Dumps. These areas were created when material dredged from the River Bann during the 1930s was piped ashore and left to dry out in lagoons. They formed these flat areas of fertile ground.

The woods have young conifer species with areas of hardwoods and many mixed hardwood and conifer areas throughout. There are some more mature trees along the edges of the river.

The woods contain few roads and are mostly accessible on foot from farm lanes. The woods are rarely used by walkers as access through the trees is difficult due to the age of the trees and lush undergrowth.

How to get there

The woods are situated along the edge of the River Bann to the east of the A54 Coleraine to Kilrea road. Several of the blocks are located to the west of the B class road on the east side of the river.

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