This award-winning, 21 mile cycle route connects the historic Walled City of Derry to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane on a mix of traffic-free paths and quiet country roads.
|Nearest Town||Londonderry||OS Map||7|
|Route Type||Hill, Riverside||Route Shape||Linear|
|AONB||Sperrins||Grid Ref (Start)||C436170|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||H344978|
The route starts beneath the city walls in Derry City. It runs parallel to the River Foyle towards the Co Donegal border on the resurfaced track bed of the Great Northern Railway, following National Route 92 signs.
The traffic-free railway section merges with a minor road and takes you through the small village of Carrigans. Here change down gear as the road begins to rise high above the widening Foyle. The descent takes you to St. Johnston where the route begins moving out into the countryside on beautiful rural roads. A few miles on, cycle over the section of rough track down to where you cross the busy N14.
Just ahead is Cavanacor Historic House, President Polk's Ancestral home and now home to a renowned gallery and craft centre. It's a good excuse to dismount, stretch out and wander about for a spell. Cycle back towards Lifford and over the River Foyle into County Tyrone, where you will pass the fantastic "Let the Dance Begin" sculpture on your way, before ending your journey in Strabane town centre.
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
Foyle Valley Cycle Route from Sustrans
I have cycled a lot of this route on more than one occasion. I ususally cycle from the Waterside across the bridge and along the path of the Old railway. I U turn then return along the Foyle to the New Foyle Bridge, I then cycle back into the Waterside. This is a good cycle route.
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