Derrynoyd River Trail

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A circular route following a gravel forest trail through conifer and native woodland, and for a part along the River Moyola.

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Derrynoyd River Trail

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County Derry

Distance 0.9 miles

OS Map 13

Terrain Gravel paths

Nearest Town Draperstown

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference H769954

Route Type Forest, Riverside, Woodland

Route Description

The walk is an easy stroll and comprises of a stoned pathway among native and coniferous woodland and riverside. Follow the green and yellow waymarkers from the car park, completing the walk in an anticlockwise direction.

The woodland is a mix of planted Noble Fir, Oak and Beech with a natural understorey of Bramble, Holly, Ivy and Wood Sorrel. The wood has a good ground flora with woodland plants being present including Wood Anemone, Primrose, Buttercup and a variety of fungi. It is host to a range of bird species alongside bats, grey squirrel, fox and badger. The close proximity to the river greatly enhances the biodiversity which offers fine views of the river and the ‘big bridge’ Derrynoid Bridge.

Point of Interest

Moyola River, Derrynoyd Bridge

Getting to the start

Take the Derrynoyd Road from the village of Draperstown, the car park is on the left 1km after the outskirts of the village.

Public transport

Translink –

Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed. Dogs to be kept under control


Parking area present

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

  • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
  • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6 degrees
  • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
  • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
  • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.