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Crockbrack Way

An enjoyable circular walk that takes in the summits of Crockmore and Crockbrack in the eastern Sperrins. This trail is a permissive path developed through the work of the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership. It is fully waymarked, though some parts of the trail are across the open hillside where no formal path is present. 

County

Londonderry

Distance

7.2 miles

OS Map

13

Nearest Town

Moneyneany

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Mountain

Terrain

country roads, mountain tracks

Grid Reference (Start)

H756965

Grid Reference (End)

H756965

Point of Interest

Crockmore, Crockbrack, glacial erratic,

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Sperrins

Route Description

From Mulligans Pub car park cross the road and turn left up the Drumderg Road following the marker posts for the Crockbrack Way. The route continues uphill along the road eventually crossing a cattle grid and becoming a mountain track underfoot.

As you rise the view behind extends first over Moydamlaght Forest on the slopes of Mullaghmore. A  large glacial erratic sits in a rushy field to the right of the track, on closer examination this rock is around 10ft high and composed of folded, contorted and very ancient schist rock. Views of the distinctive summits of Benbradagh, Binevenagh and the Inishowen peninsula come into view as you go higher.

Follow the track as it leads you to Crockmore (Cnoc Mor – big hill) 478m. There are extensive deposits of blanket bog here while ahead the hidden mountain lough of Lough Ouske on the northern slopes of Slievevaddy (Sliabh an mhadaidh – mountains of the dog) is revealed.

At this point you leave the track and start walking towards the higher summit of Crockbrack (Cnoc Breac – speckled hill) over open countryside with no formal paths. The trail climbs up over blanket bog and moorland grasses, cross a stile and walk towards the summit, keeping a fence to your left. At the summit there is a lot of eroding blanket bog just as there was on Crockmore. There are excellent views towards Lough Fea, Six Towns and Davagh. Lough Fea sits in an area of quite flat but boggy ground.

Follow the fence on your left downhill for some 500m until you intersect with another fence running off to the right. Turn right and follow this fence for 1km keeping it on your left as you descend from Crockbrack just above the headwaters of the Drumderg River before climbing towards Craigbane.

On reaching the bottom of the slope, continue straight on, walking upslope again and keeping the fence to your left. Go over the stile and turn right towards the summit of Craigbane (there is a man-made track here).

The views from this point are superb and extend from south-east to northeast over Slieve Gallion, Draperstown, the Moyola Valley and Maghera with Lough Neagh, Lough Beg and the Bann Valley further to the east.

Continue to follow the track and on reaching another Y-junction follow the right hand path and continue downhill. You soon reach a gate which you go over and continue downhill. After you reach the first farmhouse, the track turns into a tarred road. Follow this road downhill. After crossing the bridge over the Dunlogan River you come to a junction with the B40 Feeny- Moneyneany road. Turn right here and follow the road back to the pub car park in Moneyneany.

 

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The starting point for this walk is Mulligan’s Pub in Moneyneany, situated on the B40 Draperstown -Moneyneany Road.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Facilities

Small car park adjacent to Mulligans Bar

Publication

Gateway to the Sperrins - A Guide for Walkers

Publication Availability

Available for download from this page

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
 
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Ratings and Comments

★★★★★
Stephen 2 January, 2016 @ 21:19

An excellent route with breathtaking views, well marked but its fairly straightforward anyway.

It's a sustained climb on farm tracks and an open mountain section which is grand in any weather before descending on farm tracks.

I'd be careful if the forecast isn't the best though as the open mountain section could be treacherous if you weren't confident in low visibility.

Take a flask and enjoy the views when you reach the stile at the top! Definitely one I'd do again and again.

★★★★☆
gee 18 September, 2015 @ 22:06

some lovely views, nice and quiet. the marker posts are frequent, useful and welcome. gaiters are recommended

★★★★★
Derek Flack 29 July, 2015 @ 21:34

Excellent walk with quiet country roads and panoramic views to delight the senses. The signage is a model of its kind - clear, well-positioned and at sensible intervals. In contrast to the other commenters, I found the latter half of the walk quite soggy and boggy, but we had just experienced several days of unseasonably persistent rain. I can't compare the trail to any of the other Sperrin walks as it was my first - but definitely not my last.

★★★★☆
Jane 25 July, 2015 @ 10:08

Well-marked and well thought out route, thank you. Great walk with flowery lanes before you get to the tops and then huge views. Firm paths most of the way. For a visitor to N Ireland this is an excellent route to get a taste of the Sperrins.

★★★★★
Ronaldo 14 June, 2015 @ 17:48

did this jaunt today....tight going,but well marked & bog? what bog? God bless us,everyone.

★★★★☆
Whitney 10 June, 2015 @ 20:25

This is a really lovely new walk! Although there is a good bit of tarmac at the start and finish, the country lanes are quiet, shaded and scenic, and the open hill walk in between is well sign-posted. It's also less boggy than most walks in the Sperrins, as a lot of the walk has stone underfoot (on the old roads for peat cutting). Compared to Iniscarn or Carntogher, for example, which are always mired, you could walk this one regardless of weather. Great to see some new routes in the area!

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