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Strabane Towpath

A walk along a canal in the process of being restored. Excellent views of the River Foyle and across to Donegal can be gained from the most northern point of the walk.




1.8 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town

Strabane and Ballymagorry

Route Shape


Route Type



Compacted gravel track

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Foyle Special Area of Conservation and canal locks.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Pass through the kissing gate immediately to right of the vehicle entrance gate. On the right at Devine’s Lock is an interpretative panel briefly outlining the canal`s history. From here follow the trail north as it leads along the canal edge, passing two footbridges which cross the canal,   before arriving at Crampsie`s Lock (immediately after the second bridge) . Continue and pass through the kissing gate onto the earth track and follow this to its end at the bird hide. From here stunning views of the River Foyle and East Donegal can be enjoyed. Retrace your steps until reaching the second bridge crossing which features interpretation on the bio- diversity of the Foyle River System. Cross to the opposite bank and continue your walk back to the car park.  


History Snapshot:

Strabane canal was officially opened on the 21st March 1796, a report in the Londonderry Journal announced: “Early that morning all the boats on the river assembled at the mouth of the canal to try their skills on the still water and see which would have the great honour of arriving at Strabane first. Almost all the inhabitants of Strabane and the surrounding countryside assembled on the occasion”. The boat with the honour of arriving first at the quay in the town centre was the ‘Captain Quigley’. Its owner was a Mr Fleming.


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

Follow the A5 Strabane Londonderry Road, north from Strabane for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto the Greenlaw Road in the village of Ballymagorry. Dedicated parking on left hand side opposite entrance.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

Accessibility Grade

Grade 2


Car parking, interpretation, bird hide, and canoe steps



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Ratings and Comments

Aidan Devlin 12 December, 2017 @ 00:08

Strabane Canal is a short walk from the village of Ballamagorry, the canal used to connect the town of Strabane to the River Foyle and onward to the port of L/Derry. The area is very picturesque with beautiful views of Knockavoe Hill, across towards Co. Donegal and also the banks or the River Foyle & Dennett.

I've included a link below to a video on YouTube, just copy and past into your web browser.


Susan Blee 16 April, 2015 @ 02:35

Lived in Strabane all my life and came across this area of spectacular beauty by accident today. Myself and four children thoroughly enjoyed taking a quiet, relaxing stroll alongside the old canal trail. Scenery is picturesque and peaceful with little hidden gems of nature. The only regret I have is not stumbling upon this eye pleasing walk way before now. I would strongly recommend the council place signage along the Great Northern Link and in Ballymagorry in order to signpost such a delightful part of our town.. I have recommended already tonight to friends and family through social media. One other suggestion I would give the local council is to place litter bins to keep this location looking as beautiful as it is.

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