Muff Glen is an oasis of serenity lying two kilometres south of Eglinton village and just 12 kilometres north-west of Derry-Londonderry. It provides a welcome retreat for the local residents who frequent it, and for visitors who discover its charms.
The route begins at Muff Glen car park and takes you on a circular 4-kilometre walk through 34 hectares of mixed woodland, straddling the banks of the Muff River. You will walk along a good, secure path which ascends quite steeply in places, although splendid views of the river below are the reward for some exertion.
It is a magnificent location in which to appreciate local flora and fauna and the glen’s innate beauty. The wood boasts a couple of striking waterfalls, various footbridges and flights of steps.
Keep an eye out for red squirrels among the trees. Mixed planting of conifers and broadleaf trees – such as sycamore, oak and chestnut – gives the forest a different look to many other woodlands. Muff Glen also has a different ‘feel’: it is open, not dense, and the forest sings with birdlife. In season, the bluebell display can be quite spectacular.