Moneyneany to Dungiven
This section travels through forest and across open hillside and offers some fantastic views. Great views of the Roe Valley and the historic town of Dungiven can be enjoyed.
OS Map 7, 8 & 13
Terrain Rural roads
Nearest Town Moneyneany
Route Shape Linear
Grid Reference H751971
Route Type Link Section
The route begins in Moneyneany, a tiny village nestled in the lee of the Sperrin Mountains. The original Irish name for the village is Mona na nIongnadh, which translates as ‘bog of the wonders’, a reference to the great feats of magic reputed to have been performed here by ancient Irish warriors.
The walk climbs north across the northern extension of the Sperrins. Close to the top of the climb is a crumbling basalt escarpment on the right, a formation that marks the southern edge of the North Derry Plateau. The descent brings you down into the Roe Valley, which is renowned for its fishing and the River Roe is designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest
The walk finishes in Dungiven, an historic town that grew up around the site of an Augustinian Priory, founded by the O’Cahan Clan in 1100 AD.
Please be aware that this walking route passes across open hillside that can be boggy under foot, and also briefly uses a main ‘A’ road. Care should be taken at all times. Please refer to the ‘Walk Safely’ information that can be found in the useful information section adjacent.
Moneyneany, Dungiven & Sperrins AONB
Moneyneany is situated on the B40 between Draperstown and Feeny. On street car parking is available in the village or there is a small car park further along the route in Moydamlaght Forest.
Moneyneany is poorly served by public transport. It would be advisable to take Ulsterbus services directly to Dungiven or Draperstown 3 miles away to the east.
For timetable information please consult Translink website http://www.translink.co.uk
Refreshments are available at the start and finish of the route in Moneyneany and Dungiven. This section has no refreshment stops along the way.