Walking

Walking trail

Beech walk

Walking trail

The Beech walk leads you through an avenue of Beech trees that were replanted in 1984. Only one of the original beech trees remains at the beginning of the beech walk, and is approximately 300 years old. The walk leads up to the tower, built in 1731. From the tower views of the Sperrins and Slieve Gallion can be enjoyed on a clear day. The beech trees provide stunning colour throughout the year, from vivid green in the spring to rich reds in the autumn.

Good for dog walkers / families / geocaching / running

Three girls in the walled garden at Springhill

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Beech walk at Springhill

Start:

Springhill House, OSNI grid ref: H866828

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Begin at the back of the house, at the cross roads of the gravelled paths.

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With your back to the house, you will see the gravel track that leads to the beech avenue. The avenue stretches out in front of you with a clear vista straight up to the tower.

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The trees that line the route are beech, which were replanted in 1984. The fourth tree on your left as you begin your walk is the last remaining beech of the original planting. It is a huge specimen of approximately 300 years old.

Springhill Original Tree

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The gravel path turns to grass as you pass over the ha-ha ditch. The ha-ha is a landscape design feature dug into the ground to prevent access to livestock without interrupting the view from the house with an unsightly fence or wall.

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As you continue up the beech avenue, on closer inspection you will notice a wide variety of flora beneath the trees. In spring bluebells appear, as summer comes so do the wildflowers, like the broad leaved helleborine and the pig nut. In autumn there is a fantastic display of fungi, of all different shapes and colours, such as the beech milkcap and the grey coral.

Springhill bluebell meadow

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As you reach the tower, you will notice a stone at the front depicting the date it was built – 1731. It was originally a corn mill but has had many uses over the years. From the tower on a clear day there are wonderful views of the Sperrin Mountains. You can join the sawpit hill walk form here which runs past the tower, or return the back the same route you came.

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End:

Springhill House, OSNI grid ref: H866828

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Beech walk

Terrain

Grassland / parkland / slight slope

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

Beech walk

Contact us

Beech walk

How to get here

Address
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).

Beech walk

Facilities and access

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