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Eagle's Glen Cycle Route

This very scenic route takes you through the ancient landscape of the picturesque Glenullin Valley. Enjoy the views as you cycle along the quiet country roads. Stop off for a rest at the various ancient sites along the route including Errigal Old Church and souterrain and Gortnamoyagh Inauguration Stone.

County

Londonderry

Nearest Town

Garvagh

Route Type

Hill

AONB

Other Area

Grid Ref (Start)

C839154

Distance

14 miles

OS Map

Sheet 8 Discoverer Series

Route Shape

Circular

On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)

C839154

terrain

Gravel dust paths through Garvagh Forest, bitmac roads on remainder of route

route description

Start in the main car park at Garvagh Forest, just off the town's Main Street. Leave the rear of the car park and head into the forest following the wooden waymarker posts (the entire route is waymarked - Route 11 - Sperrins Cycle Routes). At the western edge of the forest exit on to Plantation Road and continue along this road until reaching a crossroads. Turn left at the crossroads on to Ballyrogan Road and then after a short distance turn right on to Gortnamoyagh Road (at this junction the cyclist can keep straight on to visit Errigal Old Church and souterrain and Errigal Glen). After a short distance along Gortnamoyagh Road cyclists can stop off and visit the inauguration stone within Gortnamoyagh Forest on the left. Continue the gradual ascent along Gortnamoyagh Road, taking time to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Glenullin bog and rolling hills to the south. On reaching the next junction, known locally as the Five Roads End, for obvious reasons, turn left and proceed along Belraugh Road. Take extra care on this B class road, and stop off to enjoy the scenery at Legavnnon Pot, a glacial meltwater feature resulting from the last Ice Age. At the next junction turn left on to Legavannon Road, again taking care for traffic. At the sharp left hand bend along this road, slow down and turn sharp right, and then immediately left on to Lisnacreghog Road. Having descended into the Glenullin Bog valley, turn left on to Glenullin Road and enjoy the peace and tranquility whilst traversing through the heart of the lowland raised bog. On reaching the next junction turn right along Brockagh Road and ascend towards the hamlet of Glenullin (if the Resource Centre is open, call in to learn more about the local area's natural and cultural heritage). At the top of the hill, turn left along Glen Road and begin the long gradual descent towards the finish. At a sharp right hand bend turn left on to Temple Road and then immediately right on to Glebe Road. Enjoy cycling over one of the few fords over the Agivey River in this area, exercising caution after preiods of heavy rainfall. At the next junction turn right along Churchtown Road, and then left at the next junction, finishing off at the starting point in Garvagh Forest on the left.

getting to the start

The starting and finishing point is the main car park in Garvagh Forest, located just off Garvagh's Main Street (A29) at the southern end of the village. Ulsterbus Public Transport: Coleraine: 028 7032 5400. Car parking available in forest car park.

traffic

May encounter Forest Service vehicles on section through Garvagh Forest. Remainder of route on mostly quiet country roads.

facilities

Car parking available in forest car park. Refreshments and toilet facilities available in Garvagh.

information for People with a Disability

Forest paths, bitmac surfaced country roads, several hills.

available publications

Sperrins Cycle Routes - Laminated Route Cards - Route No.11.

Coleraine TIC Tel:028 7034 4724 CBC Leisure Services Tel: 028 7034 7234 www.northcoastni.com

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