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Carntogher History Trail-Conair Staire Charn Tóchair

The beautiful landscape of the Carntogher area west of Maghera in County Derry contains a wealth of sites of archaeological and environmental importance. The best of these have been presented in this trail, tracing man's impact on the local environment from the neolithic period to the present day. Six sites in total have been included, two of which are complex historical sites with seperate trails in their own right, Carntogher Mountain and Drumnaph Ancient Woodland. The other four sites are St Luragh's Old Church, Tirnoney Dolmen, Tirkane Sweathouse, and Knockoneil Court Tomb.

County

Londonderry

Distance

11 miles

OS Map

OSNI Sheet 8

Nearest Town

Maghera

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Hill, Mountain, Parkland & Grassland, Riverside, Woodland

Terrain

Mostly public road with sections of mountain and woodland

Grid Reference (Start)

C828032

Grid Reference (End)

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Point of Interest

St Luragh's Church with 12th Century carved stone lintel.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Sperrins

Route Description

Sites are numbered 1 to 6 but can be done in any order depending on time available etc.

Site 1 St Luragh's Old Church , located in Maghera, is kept locked at all times and can be accessed by obtaining the key which is held at Maghera Recreation Centre on the Coleraine Road.

Site 2 Tirnoney Dolmen is located on the Tirnoney Road approximately 100m from its junction with the Tirkane Road.

Site 3 Tirkane Sweathouse is located approximately 500m from Tirkane Road on the Urbalshinney Road. It is at the end of a 100m concrete path down a series of steps in a small glen.

Site 4, Carntogher Mountain, encompassing a wide variety of monuments, is accessed by way of the Carntogher Trail which starts at the Cotter Row carpark on the Tirkane Road C819045l.

Site 5, Knockoneil Court Tomb, is reached by following the Halfgayne Road from its junction with the Tirkane Road for 2 miles and turning left onto the Corlackey Road, following this for 2 miles. At the end of this road turn right onto the Knockoneil Road for 100m. To reach the monument which is located 50m to the left at the top of the hill, enter the kissing gate at the roadside and cross the field at the side of the nearby farmhouse.

Site 6, Drumnaph Ancient Woodland, can be reached by following the Halfgayne Road from its junction with the Tirkane Road for 1 mile, turning right onto the Gortinure Road [at Slaughtneil Gaelic Athletic Club] for 1 mile and turning right onto the Grillagh Road for 100m to reach a small carpark along a 20m stone lane through a field on the right. A network of trails leads from this carpark around the nature reserve.

Getting to the Start

Follow the Tirkane Rd C551 out of Maghera until you reach An Carn Centre where there is a large information panel in the carpark explaining the trail which meanders around the entire area.

Facilities

The walk begins at An Carn Centre in Tirkane C828032, which has a craft shop, tourist information, a sub-post office, coffee corner, disabled parking and toilets.

Publication

Carntogher History Trail - Guide and Map including walking trail maps of Carntogher Mountain and Drumnaph Wood

Publication Availability

An Carn Centre 048 79549978 info@ancarn.org www.ancarn.org

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
 
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Ratings and Comments

★★★★★
Dawn Baird 3 March, 2013 @ 12:21

We started a little past the centre (toilets, shop not open on Saturdays, post office, very helpful staff) at a rough carpark on the right side of the road. It has a wee old, ruined house, map signage, a few benches and space for about 6 cars. No toilet facilities. You walk about 10 mins on the road, then straight onto boggy, mucky mountainside. It's a lovely walk, but tough going for 2 hours to you get to the top. It took us 5 hours to walk it stopping for a 15 min lunch and two snack breaks and pics. Take waterproof coat and waterproof walking boots. It's quite boggy esp. as you get toward the top. The silence up top is so peaceful. Waymarked throughout. 360 views stunning.

Helen 11 July, 2010 @ 22:19

Stunning. I walked this on a glorious St. Patrick's Day and it was just so beautiful. Really amazing but hard work at times, You will really enjoy it if you walk it, as there a brilliant views from the top down to both Antrim and Derry and their rolling hills and lush green farmland. A show case of Ireland at its best. History aspect is very interesting as well, with a plaque to a fallen war pilot at that spot on the Eastern side of the mountains.

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