Castledawson is located beside the main A6 Belfast to Londonderry Road, approximately 4km north-east of Magherafelt town. It is set in a landscape of low rolling hills and flat meadowlands, south of the Moyola River and the mature woodland and parkland of Moyola Park estate, which contribute much to the character and setting of the village. ‘Lewis’s Loughinsholin (1837)’ states that “Castledawson, or Dawson’s Bridge, appears to have assumed its present form and name in the year 1710. It consists of two principal and some smaller streets.” It further developed along Main Street, and then expanded to the south, away from the river and estate lands. Modern development has resulted in the village expanding further southwards, where it is now contained by the A6 road. Castledawson is a service centre with a wide range of facilities including several places of worship, community halls, a variety of shops, garage and golf course. The village has a strong industrial base including a furniture factory, timber yard and engineering works. Draperstown is located 12 km north-west of Magherafelt town and is set within gently undulating farmland in the Upper Moyola Valley, at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains which provide an impressive backdrop to the west.