Moyola Waterfoot

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


Waterfoot Road
Co Derry/Londonderry
BT45 6LQ

OS Map Reference

H 963 894
A static map of Moyola Waterfoot

Know before you go

1 hectare

Entry fee


Parking information


Walking trails

Easy terrain. Trail length: 0.55 miles.


Formal footpath suitable for wheelchair users.


On a lead


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.

As you stroll along the river you may spot grey wagtails on the rocks and kingfishers flashing vividly above the water. Winter brings wildfowl such as whooper swan, goldeneye and great-crested grebe which can be seen off the river mouth from the bird hide.

In summer, the nearby reedbeds are home to breeding sedge warblers, while in 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)