Walking on the Lower Bann Navigation
While it is a river navigation, the Lower Bann does not have a linear pathway with public access. Instead the walks lead visitors through the forest and parks that follow the banks of the river.
Somerset Riverside Park, Coleraine
This parkland is a narrow strip of semi-natural riverside habitat on the west bank of the Lower Bann River, between Sandelford Bridge and the Cutts Weir. The parkland is an extension of Christie Park although there is a marked difference in the appearance and management of both. Walkers have the opportunity to enjoy approx. 2 ½ km of continuous riverside path through the parks between the Old Bridge in the town centre and the Cutts Weir before crossing the road and proceeding along forest paths within Somerset Forest.
Within the grounds of Portneal Lodge on the Bann Road on the outskirts of Kilrea. Short riverside walk. Car parking available.
Two miles north of Kilrea on the Movanagher Road. Limited walking opportunities. Very limited car parking available.
Situated two miles south of Coleraine on the Curragh Road on the western bank of the Lower Bann River, walkers can enjoy waymarked woodland and riverside walks. Car parking is available
A mature mixed woodland overlooking the Bann, Mountsandel Forest contains the oldest known human settlement in Ireland. Dating from Mesolithic times - 7000 years B.C. - the excavation site is found next to the fort. There are panoramic views of the Bann which reflect the earlier importance of this area. The forest walk goes from a high point at the fort down to the banks of the Bann, and passes close to the weir at the Cutts. Walk: 2 miles (maximum)