EXPLORE some of Ulster's best places for outdoor recreation, starting with Dungannon Windmill and Railway Parks on the town's outskirts and then set out on a wildlife expedition to some of the wilder forest parks that abound in our area.
This is one of the finest municipal parklands in Ireland, with trout fishing, caravan park, lakeside and glen walking/cycling trails, plus visitor centre and café. The lake is regularly stocked with trout, and fishing competitions are an annual feature. Alternatively, Dungannon Park is the ideal place to take a leisurely stroll.
This small woodland is located on the outskirts. Interesting features are the reconstructed high tower and small duck pond. The paths wind their way through the wood finishing at the picnic area. Railway Park follows the linear route of the old railway. The railway theme is very much evidence as gentle paths wind their way through the grounds.
A network of paths traverse the woods, open bogs and Nature Reserves. Walks are all fairly flat but some can be lengthy. Facilities include: peatworks railway, visitor centre, shop, toilets. Situated off the M1 at Junction 13, Loughgall interchange. www.forestserviceni.gov.uk.
Varied walks along the Blackwater River through picturesque scenery take you to the ruins of Benburb Castle, built on the cliff edge in 1615. They tower over the river which rushes down over the impressive salmon leap. Victorian Rose Garden and conservatory.
A variety of nature walks and waymarked trails which meander through this mature forest park, along the river banks and past the small pond. Museum, picnic area, toilets, caravan park. Off the A4, M1 extension.
Knockmany, Favour Royal and Fardress are other forest parks offering wildlife walking all year round. Bring your camera and binoculars -- and let our unspoilt surroundings provide the spectacles!