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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Car park has reopened. Excellent interpretation board
Point made by George Ivan below about avoiding the farmyard by going along Gorticashel Road instead is a good one. I have been through the farmyard a couple of times and it was Ok but unpleasant. I now always avoid it