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Visitors walking in the grounds at Springhill, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Visitors strolling down Beech Hill avenue | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
Northern Ireland

Springhill beech walk

Enjoy a stroll on a historic path dating back to the 17th century. The beech walk leads up to the tower at Springhill through an avenue of beech trees replanted in 1984. Enjoy a variety of colours throughout the year, from vivid green in the spring to rich reds in the autumn. Once you reach the 18th-century tower take in the views reaching as far as the Sperrins and Slieve Gallion on a clear day.

History of beech walk

This was a favourite walking route of the generations of Lenox-Conynghams who once lived at Springhill. Only one of the original beech trees remains at the beginning of the beech walk and is approximately 300 years old.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Springhill House, OSNI grid ref: H866828

Step 1

Begin at the back of the house, at the crossroads of the gravelled paths.

Step 2

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

Step 3

As you begin walking up the avenue, note the fourth tree on your left, which is the last remaining beech of the original planting.

Step 4

The gravel path turns to grass as you pass over the ha-ha ditch.

Step 5

Continue up the beech avenue, looking out for wild flowers and fungi under the trees.

Step 6

Reaching the tower you'll be rewarded with views of the Sperrin Mountains on a clear day. You can join the Sawpit hill walk from here, which runs past the tower, or return back the same route you came.

End point

Springhill House, OSNI grid ref: H866828

Trail map

Springhill beech walk map
Springhill beech walk map | © Crown Copyright (2013) Land and Property Services permit no. 120099

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A pretty 17th-century plantation house with walled garden

Magherafelt, County Londonderry

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Stone tower among trees at sawpit hill

Sawpit Hill walk 

A short walk around the perimeter path of Springhill Estate, marked by great oaks and offering views of Slieve Gallion.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)

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20 Springhill Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, BT45 7NQ

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