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Foyle Valley Cycle Route

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.



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21 miles

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Well maintained traffic free paths and quiet country roads.

route description

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.

getting to the start

From Belfast take the M2 out of the city towards Randalstown. Join the M22 briefly before this road ends and joins the A6 to dungiven. Continue on the A6 untill you reach Derry City.


Quiet country roads


Car park, shops, cafés, toilets

information for People with a Disability

There are disabled facilities in and around Derry City. Contact Londonderry Tourist Information Centre for further Information on 028 71267284

available publications

Foyle Valley Cycle Route from Sustrans

A free Foyle Valley route leaflet is available from Sustrans on tel: 0845 113 00 65

Cycle hire

Sperrins Cycle Breaks
John Donaghy An Cregan Visitor Centre Creggan OMAGH
Phone: 028 8076 1112

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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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