Weekend wanders in the Sperrins
Blogs, Co. Fermanagh, Things to do, Co. Tyrone, Walking
Published February 23, 2017
With its wide open spaces and unspoilt natural beauty, Northern Ireland's Tyrone & Sperrins region is the ideal place for slowing down and getting away from it all. Dominated by windswept, heather-clad slopes, weekend wanders in the Sperrins is what this place is made for.
The romantic landscapes of the Sperrins
As Northern Ireland's largest least explored mountain range, The Sperrins offer the perfect escape for walkers. Whether it's an exhilarating mountain walk or a more gentle stroll - all tastes are catered for.
With a fabric of rolling hills, scenic countryside, and lush river valleys, it is no surprise that this peaceful area of geographical complexity was recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1989.
The region stretches from Castlederg in the west to Maghera in the east and from Limavady to Dungannon at its northern and southern most points.
The beautiful Glenelly Valley between Plumbridge and Draperstown is popular with hillwalkers and provides access to the highest peaks in the Sperrins range, including its tallest, Sawel (678m).
Other top walks include: Gortin Lakes (0.6 miles), Lough Fea (2.6 miles), Ness, Ervey and Burntollet (4 miles), The Carntogher Way (5.6 miles), Robbers Table (9 miles), Causeway Hill (9.5 miles) and Craignamaddy Circuit (12.8 miles).
Rich in beauty, this place is also wealthy in archaeological heritage and folklore. With narrow glens and deep valleys, sandy eskers and mysterious lakes – the area is a mystical place that curious walkers have been flocking to for a long time, especially to the site of the Bronze Age Beaghmore Stone Circles.
Discovered in the 1940s during peat cutting season, Beaghmore consists of seven stone circles, ten stone rows and a dozen round cairns some containing human remains.
Nestled in the ancient landscape of the Sperrin foothills and designed to reflect the archaeological sites to be found in the region, An Creagán visitor centre is a welcome retreat for the tired walker. With a range of essential services onsite, it offers walkers the opportunity to unwind, recharge and relax.
Plan your short break
From the fascinating Ulster American Folk Park to historic buildings, intriguing archaeological sites, unique shopping and dining experiences, explore more of this fascinating region with a walking break to Northern Ireland.
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