Craignamaddy Circuit travels through a particularly scenic part of the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beatuty. The route offers stunning views of Glenelly and the Owenkillew Valley. With heather clad hills, tranquil valleys and a rich cultural heritage the Sperrin Mountains await your discovery.
Distance 12.8 miles
OS Map Sheet 13
Terrain Minor roads and off road tracks
Nearest Town Plumbridge and Gortin
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference H552905
Route Type Hill
Start from Barnes car park in Glenelly and follow the finger post across the road, taking the second road on the right and proceeding uphill. At the next t-junction turn right, leading to the top of the Gap. Just over the brow of the hill a left turn leads to a track that contours Mullaghbolig.
Continue on this track and descend into the Owenkillew Valley via a farmyard below Vinegar Hill. From the farmyard turn right towards Scotch Town then follow the marker going right uphill for about 1km.
On meeting the Magherabrack Road turn right again, a short distance on the marker points left to a track contouring Mullaghbane.
The route then meanders on for some 5km amd turns right just past Glentrina Bridge on to a hill track. This track climbs Craignamaddy Hill and gives magniicent views of the Owenkillew Valley and Glenelly. The 1.5 km descent from the crest leads down to Glenelly and the Landahussy Road turn right at the marker post. Follow the markers ahead for another 2.5km to finish the circuit at Barnes.
Barnes (Gap) Glenelly and Vinegar Hill
Barnes is signposted 2.5 miles from Plumbridge on the B47 road to Draperstown.
Barnes is also signposted 2 miles from Gortin on the B46.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Shops and accommodation available in both Plumbridge and Gortin.
- There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
- Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
- Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
- Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.
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Did Craignamaddy Circuit today with a friend; lovely walk through rolling countryside. All of it is on minor roads / tracks and its well signposted. It was quite foggy for the first couple of hours but the mist cleared and we had some nice views. Will go back in the summer.
Couple of points to note please –
1. The Car Park is closed and fenced off at present; we parked at the side of the Gorticashel Road where theres space for about 3 cars.
2. When you set off from the start point, on the Magherabrack Road, there is a farmyard which you have to pass through with 3 or 4 dogs running loose. We took the Gorticashel Road instead, and doubled back onto the Magherabrack Road at their junction to pick up the track leading to Vinegar Hill.
Enjoyed the walk. Could not find the parking therefore decided to park beside the road. At the end, while approaching my car, realised that the parking is just on front of me; unmarked.
Took my dog with me; if your dog is well behaved as mine, most of the time there is no need of keeping him/her on the leash. The very first 30 minutes or so we so loads of sheep, therefore leash was a necessity, afterwords, as it was Sunday’s dead traffic – Leash was off.
The trails is pretty well marked, besides maybe one spot where I was wondering about direction. If uncertain – just ask locals, which are very helpful and friendly. Took me about 4h to complete the entire trail. Beautiful country scenery.
Good walk. Hard work if your unfit. Great scenery and fantastic views. Beautiful part of the north of Ireland that I’ve never seen before. Happy I went. There’s a landslide across the path 2-3 mile from the start/finish which fun to navigate :-). I ‘ll go back to the Sperrins again this year.