Co Antrim nature reserve named one of the 'best woodland walks' in the UK

Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve, Co Antrim -Credit:Google
Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve, Co Antrim -Credit:Google

A Co Antrim forest and nature reserve has been named one of the UK's best woodland walks by The Times.

The publisher recently listed their 'best lush woodland walks' across all corners of the UK, with one local spot featuring this year.

The list rounds up some of the best "otherworldly rainforests" in some of the most breathtaking areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to add magic to your weekend.

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Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve outside of Armoy near Northern Ireland's famous north coast has made this year's list - the only forest in the country to feature.

The Times said: "Don’t be distracted by the Dark Hedges you’ll recognise from Game of Thrones.

"The true arboreal wonder in Armoy is this patchwork of oaks, boggy pools and gullies that’s home to treecreepers, red squirrels and newts — in spring you’ll find it carpeted with bluebells.

"The two-mile trail circuit is one of the only habitats in northeast Antrim that survived agricultural clearances.

"Why? One theory is that 'Breen' derives from 'bruion', meaning fairy dwelling in Gaelic, so superstitious farmers thought twice before felling it."

To read the full list, see here

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