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Derradda Loop Walks

 

There are three loop walks that begin at the Derrradda Community Centre, about 3.5km (2.2 miles) west of Newport just off the Newport/Mulranny Road (N59). There is a signpost on the right for the community centre. Turn right and go a few hundred metres, and the centre will be on the right.  Nestled in the foothills of the Nephin Beg range, they overlook Clew Bay and the local lakes.

The Lettermaghera Loop, at 7km, is the shortest of the loops and is of moderate difficulty. It is well signposted with green arrows. After the first kilometre, you will cross the Great Western Greenway and pass a number of small lakes and the the Salmon Leap Bridge, which spans the link between the two large lakes of the area, Lough Furnace and Lough Feagh. After that, you will go uphill and see some wonderful views of Clew Bay. Continue to follow the green arrows, and they will bring you back to the community centre, where you began.

The Oghillies Loop, at 12km, is essentially an extension of the Lettermaghera Loop to the west, though the additional terrain is more challenging. Follow the red arrows.

The Furnace Loop is 9km long and takes you around Lough Furnace. It is marked with blue arrows and follows the green loop until the Salmon Leap Bridge at the top of Lough Furnace, where you turn right to make a circuit of that lake. The route joins the Bangor Trail/Western Way as you turn right to head south but leaves that trail again with a right turn back towards the Derradda Community Centre.

A brochure with map is available here.

 

Derradda loop walks on the map

 

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