Derry/Londonderry, UK

Derry Walls & Runseeing Tour

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A jaunt around and on the Derry Walls — the largest ancient monument in northern Ireland — makes for a unique running experience. This can be combined with some of the other historic streets in the historic section of Derry, which lies on the west bank (Cityside) of the river. It’s difficult to map an exact route, so use the description below and this brochure & map as a guideline and Bishop St./The Diamond as an anchor.

City walls, Derry / Londonderry by Kenneth Allen

Start with a run on top of the largely intact 400+ year-old Derry Walls, using Magazine Gate through Guildhall Sq. for access. It’s ~1 mile around the elevated promenade. Then, run the ~1 mile circumference around the outside of the wall, exiting the Walled City through New Gate, passing by Bishop’s Gate and re-entering the Walled City through Butcher Gate, following the line of an old dry moat.

Add by creating your own route around the historic center. Bishop St, runs ~1 mile north-south, passing St Columb’s Cathedral. Foyle St. from Guildhall is another good, longer road, as is Water-Orchard-Fountain.

Add-On: Quay Trail/River Foyle Path. From The Diamond, use Shipquay St. to access the Peace Bridge, or  Ferryquay/Carlisle Rd. to access the river at Craigavon Bridge.

Essentials
  • Inside/outside the Derry Walls are each ~1 mile. Add with other area streets
  • Stairs and ramps to access the top of the City Walls
  • Guildhall Sq. is a good access point for the Derry Walls
  • Bishop St./The Diamond is a good anchor

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Essentials
  • Inside/outside the Derry Walls are each ~1 mile. Add with other area streets
  • Stairs and ramps to access the top of the City Walls
  • Guildhall Sq. is a good access point for the Derry Walls
  • Bishop St./The Diamond is a good anchor