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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Sawel Cycle Route
Route Location

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.

CountyLondonderry, TyroneDistance30 miles
Nearest TownPlumbridge villageOS MapSheet 13
Route TypeHill, Mountain, RiversideRoute ShapeCircular
AONBSperrinsGrid Ref (Start)H484914
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)H484914


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

Point of Interest

Glenelly the longest and most scenic valley in the Sperrins.
Sperrin Ridge the highest hills in the Sperrins.
Barnes and Butterlope Gaps - glacial over flow channels.

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

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

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

Available Publication

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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