Cycle Northern Ireland -

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.

Nearest TownLondonderry
Distance21 miles miles
OS Map7
Route TypeHill, Riverside
Route ShapeLinear
Public RoadsOn Public Road
Grid Ref (Start)C436170
Grid Ref (End)H344978


Well maintained traffic free paths and quiet country roads.

Point of Interest

Derry Walls, President Polk's Ancestral House, "Let the Dance Begin" sculpture, Alley Arts Centre

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, caf├ęs, toilets

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

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

Available Publication

Foyle Valley Cycle Route from Sustrans

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


This information is provided by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information will be amended accordingly.