Cycling Routes in the Sperrins
The Sperrins offer excellent options of 12 circular waymarked routes where you can discover a unique landscape, rich in natural and archaeological heritage and folklore. You are guaranteed to enjoy the experience as it unfolds. The Sperrins Cycle Routes each have an individual leaflet with a detailed map and other useful information to guide you. Each leaflet also highlights points of interest along the way, where you can stop to explore, have a rest or a bite to eat.
The routes vary in distance from 11 miles to 41 miles (17km - 66km) and are suitable for the average cyclist. All the Sperrins Cycle Routes are clearly waymarked with brown and white route markers. These indicate the route number and provide directional markings.
1 . The Gold Cycle Route
Distance: 31 Miles, 50 Km
Discover: Gold, Glens and Tranquil Valleys
Description: A scenic route, with little traffic taking you through the ancient valleys and spirit lifting heights of the Sperrins. Explore the breathtaking Glenelly and Owenkillew Valleys as you cycle through the dramatic Barnes Gap and the wilds of Sawelabeg and Doraville.
2. The Sawel Cycle Route
Distance: 30 Miles, 48 Km
Discover: Mountains, Glens and Blanket Bog
Description: Discover the very essence of a landscape millions of years in the making. Savour the magnificent height of Sawel, the quiet solitude of Learmount Forest or simply enjoy the wonderful views afforded by the Glenelly Valley.
3. The Strule Valley Cycle Route
Distance: 37 Miles, 59 Km
Discover: Rolling Hills and Meandering Rivers
Description: Explore the Strule Valley and its hinterland on this route, which follows the National Cycle Network. Visit the attractive villages of Newtownstewart, Gortin, Plumbridge and Sion Mills.
4. The Lough Fea Cycle Route
Distance: 41 Miles, 66 Km
Discover: Loughs, Country Roads and Peat Bogs
Description: A delightful route taking in the archaeology of Beaghmore Stone Circles, the remote Glenelly Valley, the charm of Lough Fea and the hustle and bustle of Cookstown.
5. The White Hare Cycle Route
Distance: 36 Miles, 58 Km
Discover: Archaeology and Legend
Description: A delightful cycle route, which passes by many of the archaeological features found in the area including Creggandevesky and Aghascrebagh Ogham Stone, and through the Villages of Carrickmore, Greencastle and Mountfield.
6. The Derg Valley Cycle Route
Distance: 30 Miles, 48 Km
Discover: Country Estates, Castles and Mills
Description: An idyllic cycle along parts of the Strule
and Derg Valleys, affording magnificent views of both
the Sperrin and Donegal mountain ranges.
7. The Banagher Cycle Route
Distance: 28 Miles, 45 Km
Discover: Windmills, Waterfalls and Old Churches
Description: A challenging cycle route around the Sperrins foothills passing through towns and villages, farmland and upland, providing an opportunity to explore Banagher Glen, religious sites and see renewable energy generation in action.
8. The Slieve Gallion Cycle Route
Distance: 25 Miles, 40 Km
Discover: Mountain and Plantation Heritage
Description: A challenging and very scenic cycle route circumnavigating Slieve Gallion with spectacular views and taking in Springhill House and the plantation towns of Moneymore and Draperstown.
9. The Moyola Cycle Route
Distance: 11 Miles, 17 Km
Discover: Leafy Lanes and Meandering Rivers
Description: A gentle cycle along the flat leafy lanes between Tobermore and Maghera crisscrossing the Moyola River.
10. The Swatragh Cycle Route
Distance: 15 Miles, 24 Km
Discover: Linen, Dams and Gentle Streams
Description: Enjoy this route with impressive views of
the Glenshane Pass snaking away in the distance and the ancient woodland and dolmen as you pass along the way.
11. The Eagle's Glen Cycle Route
Distance: 14 Miles, 22 Km
Discover: Mountains, Monuments and Myths
Description: A very scenic cycle route through the ancient Errigal landscape, centred on the picturesque Glenullin Valley with the lowland raised bog as its prominent natural feature. Enjoy spectacular views as you cycle along quiet country roads and stop off at various ancient sites and monuments along the route, many of which have interpretation on-site.
12. The Bann Valley Cycle Route
Distance: 16 Miles, 26 Km
Discover: Country Roads and Gentle Farmland
Description: Enjoy the quiet country roads traversing the fertile landscape of the Bann Valley, with views towards the Bann corridor and beyond towards the Antrim hills. The busy rural market towns of Garvagh and Kilrea offer opportunities to explore local heritage and culture and enjoy traditional hospitality.