GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Banagher Glen and Dam Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Follow the riverside trail through these ancient oak woodlands and look out for red squirrels on this walk through the beautiful Banagher Glen Nature Reserve. The walk takes you through a steep ravine along the Altnaheglish river leading to the Altnaheglish Reservoir at the end of the route. Along the way you'll pass oak, ash, hazel, hawthorn and holly trees with lots of wildlife to look out for. There's also pretty waterfalls, wonderful views of the Sperrin Mountains and the splendid Banagher Dam to enjoy.
You can start the walk from the car park at Strone Hill, a few miles south of Dungiven. From here you pick up the riverside trail heading east towards the reservoir, passing Teeavan Hill and Streeve Mountain.
To the south there's the expansive Davagh Forest where you'll find miles of footpaths and a red graded mountain bike trail. The forest sits within the Sperrin Mountains AONB where you'll find numerous challenging walking trails. Near here there's also Gortin Glen where you'll find another red graded mountain bike trail and a series of waymarked footpaths. The circular trail around Loughmacrory Lough can also be found in this area.


BT47 4SP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Banagher Glen Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west into Derry city and you can pick up the Foyle Valley Cycle Route. The ride takes you along a dismantled railway and the River Foyle to Lifford and Strabane. The opening section is traffic free so suitable for walkers. In the city you can also try the popular Derry Walls Walk which takes you along the top of the historic ramparts.
To the north east there's Garvagh Forest where there's some popular mountain bike trails, peaceful walks and an unusual folly in the shape of a pyramid.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Banagher Glen. The sun is slowly filtering through the hidden glen

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The location is near Strone Hill

Banagher Dam - panoramio

Banagher Dam

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Banagher Glen Nature Reserve in summer

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Stick Hill. Edge of woods

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Stick Hill. Looking towards Banagher Forest


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Banagher Glen.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)