Roam at will through the many interesting lane-ways on and around the farm. Laminated guide maps are available. Magheramore Courtyard is within walking distance of Banagher Dam and Glen. Alternatively the diverse landscape of the Roe Valley offers a range of terrain and challenges. From ancient woodlands and heather covered mountains to beaches and riverside paths, there is something for every walker.
When out and about the local area one cannot fail to spot the natural un-spoilt panoramic views which can etch your memory.
BIRD WATCHING -
With the farm being situated in the heart of the Sperrins, enjoying an abundance of good hedges which form a patchwork quilt of small fields, birds are part of the natural surroundings of Magheramore Courtyard. The relevant species are found in the upper reaches of the farm where the rushes and heather form much of the vegetation with the benefit of having enticing flora and fauna along the sides of Banagher Glen.
During the fishing season the local River Roe is renowned for its ability to provide fishermen, in the proper conditions, with a challenging bag of trout of even the odd salmon. Licensing is available from www.roeangling.com
The cottages are situated within easy reach of many golf courses including Radisson Roe Park (18 hole course) and Benone Tourist Complex (9 hole course).
Cycling opportunities are available to explore the network of small roads and laneways by pedal power. Binevenagh Forest Trail provides a 3 mile route for both cyclists and walkers. Banagher Glen has a 28 mile circular cycling touring route of the Sperrins.
ROE VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
On the outskirts of Limavady, Roe Valley Country Park contains three miles of beautiful and tranquil scenery offering a variety of riverside and woodland walks and scenery. The Visitor and Heritage Centre hosts a permanent educational exhibition.
Horse riding is available within the area - advance booking recommended:
Benone Strand is one of Ireland's longest beaches with golden sand - the perfect spot to splash in the surf, build a sandcastle or simply relax and enjoy the view.
Guests are free to wander along the farm's own private laneway - the wetland lane. It is appropriately named because of the many natural springs rising in the farmland along both sides. Evidence of environmentally friendly hedge planting will be experienced along the lower reaches before rising to the heather moorland. The gravel lane starts at a level of 400 feet rising to the summit of over 1000 feet giving excellent viewing opportunities along the way. What the occasional stroller will be unaware of is the immense amount of history along their way. The 'wetland' was once home to many families and their memory still survives. Six cottages were once occupied - some have disappeared, the wallsteads remain in three and the most recent one is still intact. Today we still remember some fields as 'Jane's ground', 'Tam's hill' and 'Boughin's hill'. The foundations of Magheramore AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) have been just recently covered over. In its heyday the local membership had a flute band and at least twice a year enthralled the neighbourhood with their airs. Perhaps the most famous inhabitants who lived up the lane were the Murphy family. Being a family of little means they were allowed by our ancestors to graze their cow along the grassy ditches in the early part of the last century. In search of a better life the family moved to Ballymena in County Antrim where one of the children, Paddy, became a well known businessman with respect throughout the community to the extent that he was elected the first Catholic Mayor of Ballymena in 1947.
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