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Off the Beaten Track- Walks in the Sperrins Gateway

Posted on November 14, 2017 @ 11:32 AM in Walking

The Sperrins Gateway located south-east of Co. Derry~Londonderry remains an undiscovered gem for many in Northern Ireland. Hosting spectacular scenery, untouched countryside, rolling hills and green fields walking here is sure to give you the scenic escape you're looking for.

Sperrins Gateway

Hudy's Way, 5.8 miles circular, Moneyneany, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Boasting stunning scenery, this fully waymarked trail is well worth exploring. The trail which can be explored in either direction follows a mixture of winding country roads past the derelict clachan of Crockataggard and rural field track past several old but atmospheric farmstead ruins.  

Crockbrack Way, 7.2 miles circular, Moneyneany, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Those in search of superb panoramic views will not be disappointed by this walk. Key features on this walk include a large glacial erratic composed of folded, contorted and very ancient schist rock. You will also pass extensive deposits of blanket bog and discover the hidden mountain lough of Lough Ouske on the northern slopes of Slievevaddy (Sliabh an mhadaidh- mountain of the dog). 

Sperrins Gateway
Pictured above breath-taking views from the slopes of Mullaghmore

Moydamlaght Forest- Eagles Rock Trail, 4 miles circular, Draperstown, Co. Derry~Londonderry
This trail will lead you through a conifer forest climbing up the slopes of Mullaghmore to the stunning rock face of Craig-na-shoke. Here you will be rewarded with extensive views over the surrounding hills and countryside with the summits of Benbradagh, Binevenagh and the Inishowen peninsula coming into view as you go higher. 

Reubens Glen, 0.6 miles linear (one way), Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
The short trail at Reuben’s Glen follows a beautiful ancient coach road that once linked the plantation towns of Draperstown and Moneymore in the early 17th Century. The last remaining identifiable part of what was once an important thoroughfare the trail will follows a small river through a mixed woodland.

Springhill House, Various Walks under 1.1 miles (walks can be combined), Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
There are 3 trails to choose from within the enchanting grounds of Springhill owned by the National Trust. Explore the mixed woodland, walk through a wildflower meadow, stop at an enchanting tree door to see if anyone is home and uncover clearings full of natural play sure to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike. Beyond this you have the option to explore the perimeter of the estate or take a stroll along the spectacular avenue of Beech Trees which provide stunning colour throughout the year, from vivid green in the spring to rich reds in the autumn.

Pictured above Springhill courtesy of Tyrone and Sperrins destination

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Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

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