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Sawpit hill walk at Springhill


Enjoy splendid views of Slieve Gallion on this path that runs along the perimeter of the estate marked by the great oaks and a ring of trees where the sawpit was once located.

Stone tower among trees
Built around 1731 and originally a corn mill powered by wind Paul Canning


Map route for sawpit hill walk at Springhill
Land and Property Services permit no. 120099 © Crown Copyright (2013)


Springhill House, OSNI grid ref: H866828


Walk towards the house and take the gate to the right. Then make your way towards the stone path called Sawpit hill walk. Admire the beautiful copper beech tree before you head down the path towards the pond, which is full of frogs - watch closely and you might see one.


The path winds through laurels which eventually opens out to a woodland on one side - the path runs parallel to the Coagh road. In spring enjoy the sight of bluebells and the smell of the wild garlic. Keep to the path at all times, during colder spells appropriate footwear would be advisable.


The path begins a steep slope which will gradually bring you towards the tower, once a corn mill. Look out for the concrete pads under the trees, the remains of the American GI’s World War 2 camp.

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When you reach the tower look down the beech walk, a beautiful avenue of beech trees. On a clear day you can see the Sperrin mountains and Slieve Gallion. Walk across the front of the tower and when entering the kissing gate ensure that you put the latch back on for other visitors.

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Continue your walk and admire the beautiful carved seat, why not take a rest? The big and beautiful oaks that line the edge of the path mark the boundary of Springhill estate.

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The walk will come to a gradual end through the display of rhododendrons, which are at their best in May, and into the ancient yew tree grove, part of the Great Forest of Ulster. The finish point is at the back of the house, where you can go into the garden or back to the start point.


Springhill House, OSNI grid ref: H866828

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Sawpit hill walk at Springhill


The Sawpit walking route follows steep slopes and the routes cover uneven surfaces.

Dogs are welcome at Springhill but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Sawpit hill walk at Springhill

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Sawpit hill walk at Springhill

How to get here

20 Springhill Road, Moneymore, BT45 7NQ
By road

On Moneymore to Coagh road, B18. 1 mile (1.6km) from Moneymore village.

By foot

1 mile (1.6km)  from Moneymore village.

By bus

Services from Belfast to Cookstown, alight Moneymore village, 1 mile (1.6km).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network 94/95, 5 miles (8km).

Sawpit hill walk at Springhill

Facilities and access

  • Parking, visitor centre, gift shop, tea-room, bookshop and toilets available at Springhill House
  • Picnics welcome in the garden
  • Children’s natural play area