Woodland Walk & Braidwater River Walk Broughshane
About the wood
The leasehold of Little Acorn Wood was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1999 from Ballymena Borough Council. It was then a predominantly grassy open area with just over 1 Ha of trees planted around 1990. It is split by a public right of way and a ditch, both of which remain in the full ownership of Ballymena Borough Council.
The riverside walk provides links over bridges to give more choice for walkers locally as well as connecting with longer distance walking routes. Ballymena Borough Council intends the riverside walk to form part of the future Broughshane to Cullybackey long distance route, The proposed Sustrans track is to follow along this line, much of it on the land retained by the Council, directly adjacent to Little Acorn Wood. The riverside walk is suitable for less-abled users, including people with pushchairs as well as wheelchairs. Many people use this route, thus giving them access to enjoy Little Acorn Wood as a landscape feature at the very least.
Part of Little Acorn Wood is within the boundary of the Centre and is an enjoyable walk allowing visitors to connect with nature. During the various seasons of the year you can see, and smell, wild bluebells, chives, parsley and garlic! You will also sees an abundance of meadow flowers including those that support and attract bees and butterflies.
Braid River Walk
The Braid River itself has Brown Trout and, in season, Salmon. If you are an Angler, day permits for fishing can be obtained from the local Braidwater Angling club in one of the local shops.
Even if you do not fish, look closely and you will spot trout rising and jumping. You may also spot the resident Otters, Herons, Sparrow Hawks or Buzzards!