Legaghory Wood £69,000 Freehold
- Ardmore, Derry/Londonderry, Co Derry/Londonderry
- about 4⅓ acres
- Northern Ireland
Birch bark, becoming characterful with age
Who turned this mushroom upside down?
A right-side-up mushroom
Young oak in a glade
oak leaves showing galls
birch leaves in dappled shade on the woodland floor
viewpoint over the Faughan Valley
Avenue of birches
track to the wood
parking turning area inside the wood
main entrance off Gosheden Road
lush oak leaves
Legaghory Wood is a young, predominantly birch wood, established about 20 years ago on former agricultural land, and it takes its name from a nearby townland.
The wood is hidden from view from the nearest road, nestled behind a larger block of woodland.
The wider landscape of the Faughan Valley, long an important route into the Sperrin mountains and beyond, is one of the most wooded in this part of Ireland, with a combination of ancient woodland such as Ness Wood, and more recently planted areas of native woodland.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
Being a pioneer species, the birch has established well. The inclusion of groups oak, a climax species and a key component of the woods that clothe the slopes of the Faughan Valley, shows the forethought of the forester who planned Legaghory Wood. Given time, these will come to dominate wood as the short-lived birches give way to the long-lived oaks.
This succession might take a hundred years or more if allowed to happen naturally, but the owners of Legaghory Wood may choose to hasten the process by thinning out the birches and favouring the best oak trees to develop broad acorn bearing crowns.
Scots pine, an honorary native species, is also present.
You might be lucky enough to see a family of roe deer in daylight, or at twilight when local badgers are also likely to be on the move.
Legaghory Wood is also a haven for songbirds, with the young trees providing many nesting opportunities. Imagine waking to your very own personal dawn chorus!
As yet, red squirrels and pine martens are not known to visit, but they are present in the local area so there's a chance they may take up residence.
Panoramic views can be had from the edge of Legaghory Wood where it adjoins farmland to the west, with Derry / Londonderry easily visible and the mountains of Donegal behind.
A bench has been positioned in a peaceful glade a short distance from the parking area, an ideal spot to soak up the atmosphere of the rustling leaves, dappled light and birdsong.
Access, tracks and footpaths
An all weather track has been laid especially for the owners, with a stoned car parking area tucked away in the trees.
It is easy to make your way through the woodland, with natural winding trails formed by the rows of planted trees, and the lightly branched silver birch trees aiding progress.
One of these ways can be followed uphill from the first boundary marker you come across to find the hidden glade replete with bench.
Rights and covenants
The owners of Legaghory Wood have a right of way from Gosheden Road.
Camping out and getting back to basics are what woodland ownership is all about for many, and Legaghory Wood is the perfect location to get away from it all without being too far away from modern conveniences.
A foray across the border is also easy, with Co Donegal a similar distance west.
Local area and history
The Faughan Valley is an important historic link between the North-West and the rest of Northern Ireland still in use today by many motorists who may be unaware of its importance for nature as they speed along. The valley and those of its tributaries together form one of the largest ASSIs in Northern Ireland, with the River Faughan being one of the most important salmon systems in the British Isles, as well as home to the remarkable lamprey.
The Valley was known by Ireland's earliest peoples too, with many archaeological sites from the Bronze Age and Neolithic Period. Nearby, the ruins of Brackfield Bawn date from the Plantation of Ulster.
The valley forms the centrepiece of a new planting project to restore ancient woodland, plant new native woodland to connect habitats, improve the water quality, increase public access and engage with local people.
The boundary of Legaghory Wood is marked by mauve markings on posts to the south and east where it adjoins other woodland. The northern and western boundaries are delineated by old field hedges and a stock fence.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 7
- Grid ref: C 496 102
- Nearest post code: BT47 3TQ
- GPS coordinates: 54.9372, -7.2232
Legaghory Wood lies on the western side of the Faughan Valley, mid way between Claudy and Drumahoe.
1.Click here for Google Maps Directions enter your own postcode, the coordinates for the entrance on Gosheden Road are already entered (the link is their aerial view).
2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is BT47 3TQ on Gosheden Road, as shown by the red dot on the maps: the coordinates are: N54.9372 W7.2232 for the entranceway.
Travelling from all localities, take the main A6 road between Belfast and Derry / Londonderry.
Due to major roadworks along the A6, please use Google Maps directions to Gosheden Road as Ardmore Bridge is closed at the time of writing.
Upon reaching Gosheden Road, the entrance to Legaghory Wood is immediately to your right. Go through the barrier, and follow the track along the edge of woodland until you reach the ride stop for the parking area.
Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.
Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.
Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.
These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.