Resources for Families
These are some great resources for families:-
Inch and Foyle Booklet
What to do at Inch Wildfowl Reserve for Families.
The satellite picture of the site in the photo gallery explains in many ways what type of environment you are engaging with. Firstly the site is flat and this will tell you that walking and cycling will be easy as there are only a few minor slopes to encounter which is good news for pushchairs and disabled access alike.
You will also observe from the photo that there is a quilt patchwork of different coloured large flat fields indicating the diversity of farming in the area and also the proximity to water both sea and lake which means you will be encountering streams, rivers, lake and tide so bear in mind that children should be accompanied at all times.
No matter what part of the site you enter from you can go either left or right and you will eventually end up back where you started from, however you may not wish to do the entire 8 killometers circumference so it may be wise to plan your walk to best suit your needs.
Our project booklet leads you on a guided walk from Pump house car park clockwise right around the lake.
For a sheltered walk from pump house car park, head towards Tooban Hide where you and the children can explore the wild woodland area and avail of the picnic benches to have a quiet snack before crossing the foot bridge to enter the bird hide to absorb the expansive views west out over the wader breeding ground and looking back onto Inch Island itself.
If you are still energetic enough why not cross the old red brick sluice gate bridge and continue along the path of the old Derry - Buncrana railway line where the shelter of the vegetation and the woodland bird songs mingle to give a very peaceful ambience as you and the children move along at your own pace.
Continuing on the path gently sweeps down from the top of the railway embankment at two locations for two different reasons. The first is to cross the small river where there was once a railway bridge and the second is to take the path away from the Heronry where several pairs of Grey Herons nest in the trees on top of the embankment. Look out for these very distinctive leggy birds who frequent the site all year round.
You will eventually arrive at the information lectern telling the storey about Fowlers and again this pathway weaving through the wet woodland provides several opportunities for the children to observe the numerous water based life forms in the many water features that run underneath the pathway.
Once out on the footpath running alongside the county road this area allows the children to view the resident flock of Mute Swans close up or feed some duck who have become quite tame at this location.
If you have travelled this far then it is worth crossing the new timber board walk at Bank end where you are literally walking along the lake edge quite close to the wildlife but safe from the wet woodland floor. Children can enjoy the safety of running along the non-slip eco plastic surface of the board walk to arrive at the pond where a whole new environment opens up in front of you as the path continues to Baylet car park.
Baylet pathway leads along the sheltered hedgerow to arrive at Farland Bank and from here back round through the Farland car park and back to the pump house carpark you can enjoy the use of two bird hides where one has a specific focus on the small island on the lake and the other can have fantastic views of the wildfowl resting on the lake edge depending on what time of year you call.
What do families get from this site?
Exercise, rest, relaxation, an appreciation of nature, fantastic views, quality time together, safe environment and much more but you tell us by leaving a comment on our web site.
Inch & Foyle Booklet (1553 KB)
Limavady Coastal Biodiversity Booklet
As with the Inch site you can equally enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the east coast of lough Foyle starting at Ballykelly shore and follow the coastal walk leading to Ballymacran and eventually bringing you to Myroe estuary. Again these routes are explained in detail in the Inch & Foyle booklet.
Limavady Coastal Biodiversity Booklet (1976 KB)