Visitors to Milford should also visit the Milford Cutting Nature Reserve which is one of the village's hidden gems. This was the Milford railway line which Robert Gramny Mc Crum paid £3,000 to extend to Milford and was opened in 1909 as part of the Armagh City to Castleblaney Great Northern Railway line. The line closed in 1957. The platform is 349 feet long which makes it the longest platform of any on the G.N.R line. The bridge over the Callan River can also be seen. The nature reserve was established in 1978 by the Department of the Environment. Since 1982 it has been managed under the Ulster Wildlife Reserve with continued Support from Armagh Wildlife Society.

Milford Cuttings is a must for railway enthusiasts and wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to a number of important wildlife and plant life:


In July the banks are covered with orchids which include the rare marsh helleborine which is protected by law due to its rarity

Irish Whitebeam

The Irish Whitebeam is quite a specialist tree, as it is only found on the island of Ireland in mountainous habitat. Milford Cutting has one of the largest populations of Irish Whitebeam in Ireland.


There are 18 different species of butterflies in Milford Cutting which include the small tortoiseshell, orange tip, green veined white, red admiral, painted lady, speckled wood and the impressive silver washed fritillary.

Wildlife Corridor

The reserve is a great wildlife corridor, largely unaffected by surrounding intensive agriculture and is a safe haven for mammals and birds to live in and move through. Bird species include sparrow hawks, buzzards, willow warblers, chaffinches, grey herons and great, blue, coal and long tailed tits.

Getting there: The Milford Cutting can be accessed of the Ballyards Road on the left side at end of Old Mill Court, walk up the pathway past the Milford cricket. Entrance is through two kissing gates.