Glenbower Wood

Is a long narrow wood stretching along the Dissour river. Glenbower gets it's name of "gleann-bodhar" or "Deafening Glen" from the noise the Dissour makes when rushing headlong in winter through the valley. 

Due to the valley the forest slopes down towards the river and the terrain is quite physical in places. There is a good network of large paths throughout the forest and to ensure you don’t get your feet wet there are numerous bridges crossing the river – the Metal Bridge, White Bridge, Black Bridge and Green Bridge. The northern and southern most region of the map is comprised of forest run. One of the more unique features on the map is the cave see if you come across it on your run.

Map Scale: 1:10,000
Parking: There is a large car park at the forest entrance.

Forest Trivia
  • Glenbower Lake existed before the dam was breached manually in 1989. The dam was constructed during the 1860's, its original purpose was to provide a head of water to drive the waterwheel providing the energy for the now disused mills in the centre of the village. Prior to its destruction, the lake and its surrounds provided a valuable amenity area.
  • The Charitable Irish Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada was founded in 1786 by Irishmen to provide relief for those of the Irish Nation who "shall be reduced by sickness, old age, shipwreck and other misfortunes". In 1988 it celebrated 200 years of continuous charitable works, and honoured its first President, Richard John Uniake by erecting a plaque in his Glenbower Valley birthplace. The plaque is mounted on the railings of the Metal Bridge.


Glenbower Wood