A short riverside woodland walk that provides access to the Lough Neagh shore – the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles.

Location

Waterfoot Road
Magherafelt
Co Derry/Londonderry
BT45 6LQ

OS Map Reference

H 963 894
A static map of Moyola Waterfoot

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Yes

Walking trails

Easy terrain. Trail length: 0.55 miles.

Access

Formal footpath suitable for wheelchair users.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Bird hides
Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

This small, linear nature reserve in Co Londonderry is situated along the final stretch of the Moyola River, an important fishery for salmon, trout and dollaghan - a Lough Neagh variety of brown trout unique to Northern Ireland.

Grey wagtail and dipper can sometimes be seen along the Moyola River, while in winter wildfowl such as whooper swan, goldeneye and great-crested grebe can be seen off the river mouth from the bird hide.

In summer, the nearby reedbeds are home to breeding sedge warblers and during the winter, small flocks of long-tailed tits, goldfinches and redpolls can be seen foraging along the riverside path.

At Moyola, we maintain the riverside path for visitor access in partnership with Ballmaguigan Community Development Association. We also control Himalayan balsam – a non-native invasive species, common in many river systems in Northern Ireland.

Contact us

Ulster Wildlife
Contact number: 028 9045 4094

Environmental designation

Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)
SPA