Learmount Forest covers just over 1340 hectares [ 3000 acres ] of the foothills at the northern face of the Sperrin Mountains. It has over fifteen different tree species planted, with some well over one hundred years old. An imposing castle built by Henry Barre de la Poer Beresford in 1830 can also be found here. Roads and paths offer over 4km of trails that rise 200m up from the banks of the River Faughan to the slopes of Meeny Hill. A circular path runs between the Community Centre and the Castle.
The river Faughan flows 46kms to Lough Foyle, entering the forest under the Footstick bridge at Altinure. Near here you can find otter tracks in the sand of the river’s edge. Further downstream, Dippers, Heron and different types of wagtails are common. It may also be possible to see a kingfisher, badger, fox, stoat and red squirrel in the forest.