A circular route following a gravel forest trail through conifer and native woodland, and for a part along the River Moyola.

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Derrynoyd River Trail

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  • The most beautiful peaceful place on Earth.

    Eugene Corbett at 10:28 am
  • County Londonderry

    Distance 0.9 miles

    OS Map 13

    Terrain Gravel paths

    Nearest Town Draperstown

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference H769954

    Route Type Forest, Riverside, Woodland

    Route Description

    The walk is an easy stroll and comprises of a stoned pathway among native and coniferous woodland and riverside. Follow the green and yellow waymarkers from the car park, completing the walk in an anticlockwise direction.

    The woodland is a mix of planted Noble Fir, Oak and Beech with a natural understorey of Bramble, Holly, Ivy and Wood Sorrel. The wood has a good ground flora with woodland plants being present including Wood Anemone, Primrose, Buttercup and a variety of fungi. It is host to a range of bird species alongside bats, grey squirrel, fox and badger. The close proximity to the river greatly enhances the biodiversity which offers fine views of the river and the ‘big bridge’ Derrynoid Bridge.

    Point of Interest

    Moyola River, Derrynoyd Bridge

    Getting to the start

    Take the Derrynoyd Road from the village of Draperstown, the car park is on the left 1km after the outskirts of the village.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs to be kept under control


    Parking area present

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6°.
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.