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WINTER WOOFER WALKS
Hi guys! I know its been a while, but I’ve been busy running, walking, sniffing, eating, sleeping and meeting new friends…I also lost my tail, but thats a story for another day!
But, welcome to the first of my ‘Winter Woofer Walks’, where I tell mum to take us places and we get to go on adventures. Hopefully, they will give you some new places to go too! We decided to take our first ‘W’ up to the beautiful Banagher Dam, somewhere off the beaten track and nice and quiet.
We travelled up the Glenshane pass, through Dungiven and swung a left, you’ll see brown signs for Banagher Glen, just follow those. You’ll end up on the Magheramore Road, it has a dead end sign, go down it. You’ll then find yourself on a narrow single track road, again, keep going. Just when you think you’ve gone the wrong way, you’ll come across the first carpark. There is a gate at the top of the carpark, if its open you can follow the road, and you’ll see another sign for the second car park. There are times up for the closing of the gates, so be sure to take note, I will not be held responsible if you have to spend the night in the Sperrins. We went mid-week and there wasn’t a single other car around, which was great!
There is a sign showing several walks, around the area, but if like us you want to go to the dam, follow the tarmac road where the road was split to enter the carpark, but for a shortcut, you can cut through the bushes on the other side of the sign, just up the path.
Its a pleasant walk through the glen, there are lots of oak trees and there were leaves everywhere, so we were almost camouflaged. Following the path, you’ll come across a metal gate and a sign for the dam, and then you’ll see the big waterfall on the right, along the way there are lots of waterfalls, but it is by far the biggest and most pretty.
The landscape will change from forest to more open ground, and the dam will come into view, but keep left where the road splits at the trees. We walked around the dam for a bit, took some obligatory photos, had some food and walked the same route back, but there are longer routes the whole way round if you’re feeling adventurous.
For bigger dogs like us, be warned on route there are two cattle grids; one has a gate to the side to avoid it, but the second proved more challenging – for mum anyways, as we had to be carried across! Sadly this footage was not recorded, I grumbled at mum on both occasions as I’m a big girl and don’t like being carried.
Overall, to the dam and back, we walked 4 miles. I would say this is an easy route as the incline is very gentle and the path is tarmac the whole way, and its a very pretty walk.
I’m not sure where we’ll end up next but, keep an eye out in all the usual places for updates and be sure to watch the video of our trip below!