Explore the breathtaking Glenelly and Owenkillew Valleys as you cycle through the dramatic Barnes Gap and the wilds of Sawelabeg and Doraville.
|County||Tyrone||Distance||31 Miles (50Km)|
|Nearest Town||Gortin||OS Map||13|
|Route Type||Mountain, Riverside||Route Shape||Circular|
|AONB||Sperrins||Grid Ref (Start)||H491858|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||H491858|
Push off from the crossroads in the centre of the village, head north briefly before taking a right just over the bridge, up the Owenkillew Valley, twisting in tandem with the river. A tight patchwork of green fields spreads up the valley floor to the billowing hills above, streams and ditches gurgle back down under the bridges at your wheels. Continue up the valley past Glenhull village and soon you will encounter an ancient standing stone in the field to your right.
Time now to sit back in the saddle and prepare for the tough climb up Doraville with Sawel Mountain rising 700m straight ahead. With the hard work done it's time to relax going down through the beautiful Glenelly valley. Squeeze down through Barnes Gap where a short traffic-free section takes you back along the Owenkillew River. Enjoy the view whilst you make your way back to the village of Gortin as the grey stonewalls stretch a skeletal framework over the soft valley slopes.
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
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