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Sawel Cycle Route

By cycling the scenic valleys and hill passes of the Sperrins you`ll gain an appreciation of this region`s ancient geology. Travelling this route will also bring you around the highest line of hills in the Sperrins - know as the Sperrin Ridge.



Nearest Town

Plumbridge village

Route Type




Grid Ref (Start)



30 miles

OS Map

Sheet 13

Route Shape


On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)



Tarmac road surfaces, the hill climb is approx 140 metres vertically, which is a 3km linear cycle up to Sawel Pass.

route description

Starting at Plumbridge follow the signed route along the Landahussy Road to Barnes then along the Corramore Road for 4km crossing the valley to Cranagh. Travel east to Sperrin hamlet then cycle uphill over Sawel Pass, sitting at 320 metres. Descent to go through Park village and follow the route to Aghabrack and on for a short climb up the Butterlope Glen. Descent to Aghalane and enter Glenelly again to travel west and finish at Plumbridge.

getting to the start

Ulster bus services run from Belfast to Londonderry and Strabane the Sperrin Rambler goes from Belfast to Omagh via Glenelly - for timetables visit By car from Belfast follow the signs for the M2 motorway to Maghera and Derry on the A6. Leave the A6 near Maghera following the signs to Draperstown, from Draperstown go along the B47 to Plumbridge.


Quiet upland roads with little traffic.


Shops and public toilets available in the 3 villages en route.

information for People with a Disability

Entire route has tarmac surfaces, a steep incline brings the route to Sawel Pass.

available publications

The Sawel Cycle Route

Strabane Tourist Information Centre and Sustrans

Cycle hire

Gortin Accommodation Suite and Activity Centre
Contact: jonathan porter 62 Main Street Gortin
Phone: 028 8164 8346

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