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The Roe Valley Country Park is located south of the town of Limavady in County Derry, on the B192 road and the A2. This magnificent park stretches for 5 kilometres either side of the River Roe. The salmon and trout fishing in the area are well renowned and attract thousands of anglers every year and the park itself is scattered with industrial buildings from the flaxen works in the 17th Century.
In the centre of the park, the visitor’s centre offers a photographic history of local linen manufacturing and there is a small museum in the weaving shed near the main entrance. Other highlights are the scutch mill, Ulster’s first domestic hydroelectric power station developed in 1896 and the guard towers used to protect the linen as it was bleached in the fields below. As a tribute to Derry’s reputation as a shirt and collar supplier, it is rumoured present the American president with twelve free shirts every year.
The Roe Valley Country Park makes an ideal base to discover and explore the north-west area and its nature reserves. Set amidst the wooded banks of the river Roe where it winds its way down to the sea, the Park is rich in wildlife. In springtime the wood-land floor is covered with a colourful carpet of wild flowers. The autumn is an equally stunning time. Foxes, otters, badgers and many woodland birds abound. The area is rich in legends concerning the O’Cahans, who ruled the Roe Valley for centuries. As part of the park, there is the Roe Valley Golf Club, which is a challenging course set amid stunning scenery and bring into play the river and numerous natural hazards.
30 March to 30 Sept 09.00 to 18.00 seven days a week
01 October to 29 March 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday