Cedars Walking Group

Cedars Walkers


Ballyboley Forest and Agnews Hill

Entrance on Ballyboley Forest is on Upper Ballyboley Road, Ballyclare. Probably easiest route is M2 towards Larne. 9.7 miles past the Sandyknowes roundabout, after by-passing Ballynure turn left on to Moss Road and in a third of a mile turn left on to the Lower Ballyboley Road. In just under a mile, turn right on to the Braepark Road and, again in under a mile, turn right and right again on to the Upper Ballyboley Road. Drive along this until you see the entrance to the forest on your left.

Other routes are available e.g. in Ballyclare take the Rashee Road north towards Broughshane and after Tildarg (roughly) 4 miles turn right on to the Braepark Road and follow this for a few miles until you come to the left fork which takes you on to the Upper Ballyboley Road. Follow this until you come to the forest entrance on your left.

Journey time from Lurgan is approximately 1 hour 6 minutes so we shall assemble for briefing in the car park at Ballyboley Forest at 11:11am.

Ballyboley Forest has some non waymarked walking trails to allow you explore this forest on foot. The Ulster Way passes through and over the top of Carninard (366m) within Ballyboley Forest. The forest was first planted in 1957. It provides a good example of multiple land-use with its large catchment area supplying water to the surrounding communities, and the forest growing raw material for the saw mills.

The dam at Killylane was constructed in 1955 and can supply Larne, Ballymena, Ballyclare and parts of Antrim with up to three million gallons of water a day. It is stocked annually with rainbow trout and attracts many anglers to the area

Post code for Upper Ballyboley Road is BT39 9SS.