Derrynoyd Wood Trail

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A circular route following a gravel forest trail through conifer and native woodland.

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Derrynoyd Wood Trail

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County Derry

Distance 1.4 miles

OS Map 13

Terrain Gravel paths

Nearest Town Draperstown

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference H76788 95443

Route Type Forest, Riverside, Woodland

Route Description

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

The walk commences in the car park of the Derrynoid Centre (Closed). Derrynoid Lodge was home to the notorious hanging judge, Judge Torrens. The former Rural College was built on the site of the outbuildings, coach houses and stables of the country house. Although the buildings and centre are now closed the grounds remain open to the public. The route makes for an easy stroll on forest paths with no obstacles or difficult sections. The walk forms a loop and can be extended to take in another 0.9 miles of woodland, the Derrynoyd River Trail. Walkers can also park at the start of the River Trail to access both routes, for a figure of 8 walk, 2.3 miles in length.

Point of Interest

Derrynoyd Centre

Getting to the start

Take the Derrynoyd Road from the village of Draperstown, the entrance to the Derrynoyd Centre car park is on the right, 1.2 km 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.