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Short walk along forest road and through coniferous forest with a steep section leading to the summit of Binevenagh with panoramic views over Lough Foyle, the Roe Valley, Inishowen and to the west coast of Scotland. Extended routes are available.

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  • Pleasant walk up to the summit. When we reached the lake before the summit it was a.. “is that it” moment. We were expecting more of a challenge to get to the top. Views are stunning. Panoramic. We did an extra loop to the left of the summit then headed on round and down. The walk back down is more challenging in places. Steep narrow track and uneven ground. We clocked 8k on Strava! About 1 hour 50mins. We dander so could be done faster.

    Ali P at 12:07 pm
  • Is this easy to get to from Bellarena Train Station?

    Looking to visit as I have some Annual Leave over the next few weeks.

    Andrew Stewart at 10:13 pm
  • This is a spectacular place with amazing views but you will need a mapping app (Viewranger or similar) to get back down as the second part of the trail is hard to follow. It’s hard to know if you are on the right path or not once you start heading down and it’s steep in places. The first part is on forest paths and gravel tracks and is a doddle! Absolutely worth it for the views and the pics.

    @dayoffdanders at 9:12 pm
  • County Derry

    Distance 3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 4

    Terrain Forest track off road sections

    Nearest Town Limavady

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference C70287 31713

    Route Type Forest

    Route Description

    Park up on Leighery Road (C 703 313) adjacent to a sharp bend. Opposite is a gate leading into the forest, follow this path and take the first track to the left.

    Follow this uphill for 1.5 KM, turn right onto forest road and head for the summit of Binevenagh. Pass the west side of the trout stocked artificial lake, then head NW towards the cliff edge.

    Panoramic views from the summit stretch for miles. On a good day the north coast is visible, as is Scotland and if the conditions are right gliders from Ulster Gliding Club will fill the skies above.

    The surrounding slopes are home to a number of rare alpine plants and birds. Follow the path NW down to the forest, when you arrive at a track turn right and you will soon be back at the start.

    Point of Interest

    Watch out for gliders soaring over the summit

    Getting to the start

    Accessed from Leighery Road bewteen Bishop’s Road and Duncrun Road, just off the Causeway Coastal Route. Park on Leighery Road or alternatively follow signs to the summit of Binevenagh.

    Public transport

    Translink –


    Refreshments & toilets at Magilligan, Benone or Limavady.