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.
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Hill, Mountain, Parkland & Grassland, Riverside, Woodland
Mostly public road with sections of mountain and woodland
St Luragh's Church with 12th Century carved stone lintel.
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.
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.
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.
Carntogher History Trail - Guide and Map including walking trail maps of Carntogher Mountain and Drumnaph Wood
An Carn Centre 048 79549978 email@example.com www.ancarn.org
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