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Hudy's Way

Hudys Way is a public right of way that has been developed by the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Parntership. Enoy open countryside and quiet country lanes on this walk.

County

Londonderry

Distance

5.8 miles

OS Map

13

Nearest Town

Moneyneany

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Mountain

Terrain

Open hill, lanes and minor roads

Grid Reference (Start)

H748975

Grid Reference (End)

H748975

Point of Interest

Moydamlaght Forest, Crockataggart

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Sperrins

Route Description

The trail may be walked in either direction, however, we have outlined a route starting at the community centre. Leaving the community centre car park turn left towards the village and continue along the public footpath crossing the Douglas Bridge and up the hill. At Drumderg Cottages turn right into Drumderg Road, Hudy’s Way signage and waymarkers point the way.

Continue upwards along the country road as it winds past houses and theoccasional abandoned farm house. Signs for both Hudy’s Way and Ulster Way point left towards the derelict clachan of Crockataggart. Beyond Crockataggart, follow the field track left past a deserted farmhouse and uphill. Waymarkers will direct you towards a stile to the left along the hedge line. Cross the Drumderg River at the metal footbridge and another stile brings you into a field.

Walk towards another abandoned farmhouse and the Dunlogan Road. Turn left onto the Dunlogan Road and continue westwards and slightly uphill. Metal road signs indicate the route leaves the road onto a lane leading to a private house and farmyard. Pass the house on the left and go through the gate taking care to leave it as you found it. Immediately turn right along a grassy lane towards some old but atmospheric farmstead ruins.

Passing the ruins the route turns right and then crosses the Dunlogan River at the footbridge. A stile leads into rough meadow. Keeping to the right of this field a stile leads into another field, cross this adjoining field and another stile leads to a third field where another stile will bring you onto a grassy lane leading onto the Ranaghan Road.

Turn right along Ranaghan Road for a short distance before a sign leads you left across some fields. Stay to the left where a stile leads towards a stream. The route continues past a modern bungalow and the access lane leads to the Moneyneany Road.

Turn Right on the Moneyneany Road and shortly a sign will lead left towards Crockawilla on the Moneyneany Lane. This lane soon joins the Moydamlaght Road where you turn left and after a short distance you reach Moydamlaght Forest car park. Follow the waymarkers through the forest uphill where Hudy’s Way leaves the other trails and turns right along a grassy track eastwards between the trees. Near the forest boundary the route turns north leaving the forest before crossing some boardwalk and continues downhill past a farmhouse and through the farmyard. Follow this lane downhill and bearing right where you join the Dunmurray Road.

Turn right at the cross roads onto the Fivemilestraight which leads back into Moneyneany. A final right turn will lead you back along the public footpath to the community centre.

 

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take the Derrynoyd Road from Draperstown, turn right at the junction with the Moydamlaght Road and travel into the village of Moneyneany. Continue throught eh village, passing the Primary School on the right hand side. The Community Centre is immediately after this on the right.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Facilities

Parking available at the Community Centre

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

★★★★☆
Dee 6 April, 2019 @ 12:22

Walked this route on 30 March '19 and agree with comments from Gillian May '18 regarding need to take 2nd stile and turn right to cross the metal footbridge (a farmer had left his gate open blocking this 2md stile and we had to double back when we realised our error). ALSO the main place to take care is when you reach Moydamlaght Forest car park. We could find no route markers for Hudy's Way until the point about 1-2 miles further on, where it leaves the other trails (short and medium forest trails) and turns right eastwards between the trees. So where it says "Follow the waymarkers through the forest uphill" you should follow the red and green Moydamlaght Forest medium and short trail markers and keep going north. This will avoid circling the forest (as we did) and almost giving up. A lovely walk despite the detours.

★★★★☆
Dee 1 April, 2019 @ 19:50

Agree with Gillian (May 2018) about this route that is initially from the village very well waymarked and has several ladder-like stiles to navigate along the way, amongst beautiful countryside. (Yes, you must go right, not left, to cross the metal footbridge! A farmer had left his gate open, blocking the 2nd stile and the waymarker was obscured, so we took a short detour before doubling back across a wet field!). The main issue to be aware of however, is that once you reach Moydamlaght Forest car park the signs for Hudy's Way disappear! You have to follow the waymarkers for the short and medium forest trails (the medium trail has the same red boot symbol as Hudys way and from a distance they're easily confused) Carry on uphill at the "cross-trail" where, after a few hundred yards, a sign for Hudy's Way can be found and indicates the right hand track eastwards towards the boardwalk as described in the route description. We noticed one or two waymarkers with missing circular indentations where it seemed the symbols for Hudys Way may have fallen out or been removed? We took a 2K detour around the forest before downloading the Forest Trail Maps and working out where we needed to go! Apart from this, a lovely walk and well worth the effort. We walked approx. 9 miles in total, but following the route (if you can find it) closer to 7.

★★★★★
Gillian 6 May, 2018 @ 21:51

Fantastic day walking Hudy’s Way yesterday. Lovely variety of terrain from quiet country roads to some slightly damp fields - would definitely recommend good footwear to cope with some muddy conditions! The views are breathtaking and the route is generally really well waymarked. There was just one point which could benefit from better signage - just past Crockataggart before the metal footbridge the stile is uphill on the right after the derelict farmhouse, not on the left as in the route description. We also passed groups of litter pickers, a real community effort to clean up their countryside & take pride in their village - well done Moneyneaney! Overall a very rewarding walk, a real gem showcasing the Sperrins!

★★★★☆
Gordy 25 October, 2017 @ 15:18

At one stage , this was a NI potential premier ski area. I can recall skiing down somewhere up on the hills avoiding the barbed wire, and then having a swift half in a pub further on down at the village. Lift was two tractors with a wire rope looped between them.

★★★★★
Damien 1 May, 2017 @ 18:50

What a wonderful walk! We hit a bit of a glitch at the beginning by taking the second turning onto the Drumderg Road instead of the first (which we missed). After a mile or so we realised that we were on the wrong route and managed to get back on track via an Ulster Way route! Stunning scenery and an excellent mix of terrain. This will be one that I will do again and again :)

PS....we walked over 9 miles on this route (although we did have a little 'detour' at the beginning!) so I agree with the other comment here that this route is longer than 10km....possibly closer to 12 or 13 km.

★★★★★
Paula Osborne 18 April, 2017 @ 10:51

A lovely walk through the countryside. Felt longer than the 10km advertised (perhaps because the fields were boggy following heavy rain the previous day). Well signposted. Would recommend it.

★★★★★
Stewart Ramsey 6 October, 2016 @ 19:55

Did Hudy's Way today, 06/10/2016, with 28 others. We extended the walk by doing an extra mile or so in Moydamlaght Forest. This is a thoroughly good walk and was enjoyed by all. The terrific weather also played a part. Excellent views.

★★★★★
Graham McCormick 31 May, 2015 @ 19:34

Done this walk today going the opposite way to the route description. Absolutely beautiful walk with a nice mixture of trail path types and scenery. It's the first time in a long time I have driven home from a walk of less than 10 miles feeling fulfilled. It's a must do!

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