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Drumbane Trail

The Drumbane Trail is one of two waymarked trails in the picturesque Glenullin region 3 miles south west of Garvagh. The route follows country roads and open hillside, taking in the summit of Drumbane Hill.

County

Londonderry

Distance

6 to 8 miles

OS Map

Sheet 8

Nearest Town

Garvagh

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Hill, Woodland

Terrain

Open moorland, lanes, roads

Grid Reference (Start)

C810129

Grid Reference (End)

C810129

Point of Interest

Remains of iron age settlement, mass rock

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Sperrins

Route Description

Leave the car park at the opposite end to the interpretation panel, turning right on to Curraghmore Road. Follow this road as it rises steadily towards Drumbane Hill. On reaching the junction turn left on to Drumbane Road and continue for approximately 1km until reaching a stone townland boundary marker. At this point turn left down a farm laneway, turn left in the farmyard and proceed on to the open hill.

From the summit of Drumbane Hill (250m) in good visibility there are fine panoramic views of the Antrim Hills, Bann Valley, Donegal and even the Mournes. Follow the waymarkers around the hillside and retrace your steps through the farmyard on to Drumbane Road again.

At this point you have three options.

Option 1 - Turn right and retrace your route along the road back to the car park (total length – 10km).

Option 2 - If you prefer a further section of off-road walking, cross the stile adjacent to the stone boundary marker and proceed along the laneway, following the waymarkers across moorland, passing Dunavenny mass rock en route, before emerging on to Curraghmore Road. Turn right and proceed along this very quiet minor road to join with Drumbane Road again and return to the car park (total length – 11km).

Option 3 - If you fancy a more challenging mountain walk, cross the stile adjacent to the stone boundary marker as above and proceed across moorland until reaching Curraghmore Road. Turn right and almost immediately on the left cross the A -frame stile, following the waymarkers across Heggarty’s Mountain as it is locally known. Having descended the hill, pass through the farmyard on to Glen Road. Turn right and return to the car park (total length – 13km).

It should be noted this third option is a much more challenging mountain walk, with tougher underfoot conditions, and ideally is better suited to those with hillwalking experience. Do not attempt this section in poor visibility.

Getting to the Start

Turn off A29 south of Garvagh on to Churchtown Road (signpost to Glenullin) and immediately left on to Tirkeeran Road, following signs to Glenullin. Continue along this road which leads naturally into Glen Road until reaching a car park surrounded by dry stone walling on the left almost opposite the Chapel

Facilities

Refreshments and toilets available in Garvagh, approx. 3 miles away

Publication

Leaflet entitled "A Guide to Glenullin's Waymarked Trails"

Publication Availability

Coleraine TIC Tel: 028 7034 4723

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Ratings and Comments

★★★★☆
Stewart Ramsey 13 December, 2012 @ 19:33

After several character forming walks in the "high" Sperrins over the past few weeks in freezing temperatures, snow, hail and high winds I was looking forward to a gentle stroll in the countryside west and south of Garvagh when we (three of us) elected to do The Drumbane Trail on 13/12/2012. Well, at 8 1/2 miles with a total climb of over 1,000 ft. and, at times, some very challenging underfoot conditions I found that this walk is anything but a dander. We completed the walk in five hours ,which included thirty minutes for refreshments, in five hours. The scenery was great, the walk was terrific and we all had a marvellous day. I am happy to give this walk four stars. Incidently, the temperature during most of the was was not that much over 0 deg. C.

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