Forests with facilities for people with disabilities

Some public forests in Northern Ireland have facilities which are accessible to people with disabilities. These facilities include some caravan sites, car parking, toilets and lecture rooms.

Graded paths

Some forests have way-marked paths or trails which are graded according to the degree of accessibility of the facilities:

  • White paths (All ability)
  • Blue paths (Easy)
  • Red trails (Moderate)
  • Black trails (Strenuous)

More information about each of the paths can be found below.

White paths

  • universally accessible
  • level
  • edges clearly defined
  • no overhanging branches
  • hard surface with few loose stones
  • rest areas every 100 metres
  • way-finding markers every 100 metres
  • distance to go markers every 100 metres

Blue paths

  • no steps or gullies
  • slight gradient (1:12 max)
  • edges generally defined
  • no overhanging branches
  • firm surface with some loose material
  • rest areas generally every 300 metres
  • way-finding markers every 300 metres
  • distance to go markers every 300 metres

Red paths

  • steps, gullies, tree roots
  • moderate gradient (1:4)
  • generally undefined edges
  • overhanging branches
  • broken surface material
  • some rest areas at irregular intervals

Black paths

  • steps, gullies, fences, streams, boulders
  • severe gradients
  • generally undefined edges
  • overhanging branches
  • all types of terrain
  • some rest areas at irregular intervals
  • way-finding markers at trail junctions
  • distance to go markers at trail junctions

Forests with accessible facilities

Forest

Accessible car parking Accessible toilets Path grade - best available Other accessible facilities on site
Belvoir Park Yes No Blue (Easy) Picnic area
Castlewellan Yes Yes Blue (Easy)

Picnic area

Lecture room, must be pre-booked. Telephone:  028 4377 8664

Drum Manor  Yes Yes Red (Moderate) Picnic area
Glenariff Yes Yes Red (Moderate)

Picnic area
Café  - note seasonal opening times apply, telephone:  028 2175 8769

Gortin Glen  Yes Yes Red (Moderate) Picnic area
Portglenone Yes  Yes Red (Moderate) Picnic area
Somerset Yes  No White (All ability) Picnic area
Tollymore Yes Yes Blue (Easy) Picnic area

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