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Downhill Forest, Londonderry

Badger Rating 3.0/5
Very easy with a few steep sections (not counting the steps!). Great for families or beginners.

Getting There

From Coleraine ~ Take the A2 through Articlave, Downhill Forest is on the left after approx. 1.5 miles.  From Limavady ~ Take the A2 towards Castlerock, Downhill Forest is on the right approx. 3.5 miles after Benone.

Trail Description

There are two way-marked paths in the forest, and a pond! One path is just over a km long while the other is two km in length. The Ulster Way also runs through part of the forest. Part of Downhill Forest is linked into the province-wide Sustrans cycling network (Route 93), running from the Mussenden Road down through mixed woodlands to Burrenmore Road.  Picnic tables are situated on the grass to allow visitors to picnic in the wide variety of trees.


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  • Used to have a nice singletrack and some good jumps but the forestry have pretty much destroyed all the best bits. Best remaining stuff is on the left hand side from the main entrance. Expect to get muddy though. Some of the trails are still pretty ridable and you can make a decent loop out of it. Best to pair it up with a trip round the black glen on the opposite side and take in the trail at the back of mussenden temple. A good hard xc slog.
  • Small but fun single track towards the end of the circuit. Apparently the forest is riddeled with single tracks bout you have to find them as the forestry likes destroying them. So g3et out their and have a look :):)
  • As described but some hidden gnarly short single tracks can be discovered close to one of the gates up through the trees. Deserves further investigation.

NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.