Pleasant riverside walk along surfaced footpaths, starting in the centre of Coleraine and finishing close to The Cutts area and opposite the historic Mountsandel Fort. The walk passes through two Council parks, both with different habitats that are managed in entirely different ways.

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Christie Park & Somerset



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  • I try to walk along this route almost on a daily basis with my 2 dogs. Dark winter nights are a bit of a problem. I would recommend this walk to everybody. I would also like to say that the “gravel dust path” has been upgraded. We have a superb tarmac path all the way to Somerset.

    James Taggart at 8:05 pm
  • County Derry

    Distance 2 miles

    OS Map Sheet 4

    Terrain Riverside surfaced pathways

    Nearest Town Coleraine

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference C84559 31991

    Route Type Riverside

    The starting point for this walk is the car park in Christie Park. Follow the riverside pathway towards the new bridge (away from the town centre old bridge). Having passed under the new bridge, take the path to the left and proceed along this narrow riverside pathway until reaching the Somerset Riverside Park car park, opposite Mountsandel Fort.

    Take time along the route to enjoy the views over the Bann and study the interpretation panels provided. Having reached the car park walkers have the option of crossing the road and further enjoying a variety of walks within Somerset Forest.

    Mountsandel Fort, visible across the river

    The start point for this walk is Christie Park Car park in Coleraine, accessed via the A29 (Strand Road).

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

    Toilets (disabled) available in in the car park on the Strand Road. Refreshments available in Coleraine.

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Disabled toilets with RADAR key
    – Disabled parking

    Grade 3

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 5cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 1m wide for its entire length.
    • The path will not be steeper than 6 degrees or have a cross slope of greater than 6 degrees.
    • There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be between 12mm and 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 1km.