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.
Point of interest:Barnes (Gap) Glenelly and Vinegar Hill
Nearest town:Plumbridge and Gortin
OS map:Sheet 13
Terrain:Minor roads and off road tracks
Route: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.
Facilities:Shops and accommodation available in both Plumbridge and Gortin.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Gravel and tarmac - no stiles
Getting to the start by public transport: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.