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Five Top Cycling Routes to get you on your Bike during Autumn

Posted on November 7, 2013 @ 2:36 PM in Cycling

Summer maybe over but that doesn’t mean you have to put your bike back in the garage!  Some of the best cycling to be had is in the autumn time when the weather is cool but not too cold and the leaves around you turn from green to brown and start to fall to the ground.

So why not put on another layer, get on your bike and check out these routes below, all are finished off with a good coffee stop suggestion!

  • Lagan Towpath & Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trail – Cycle from Shaw’s Bridge along the green and blue trails of the new mountain bike trails, finishing off with a short cycle along the Lagan Towpath (total amount of cycling is around 5 miles) to the Lough Keepers Cottage for a well earned coffee and one of their gigantic tray bakes!
  • Newry to Slieve Gullion Courtyard – This 10 mile route starts in Newry and connects with the Newry Canal Cycle Trail. Once outside Newry it follows minor country roads passing by historic places, archaeological monuments and stunning scenery within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once at Slieve Gullion be sure to call into the Grounded Coffee Shop in the courtyard to taste one of their many delights.
  • Castle Ward Boundary Trail – The Castle Ward Boundary Trail is just over 8 miles in length and follows the boundary of the estate. It combines multi use trials with some swooping singletrack to get the fun going. After your bike ride relax with a cup of coffee or refuel with a bite to eat in the stableyard tea-room.

  • Beech Hill – Enjoy up to 3 miles of cycling in the historic grounds of Beech Hill Country House Hotel exploring the connections the site has with World War II. Finish off the day with a visit to the Ardmore Restaurant located within the grounds of the hotel.

  • Crom Estate – Saddle up for this 3.5 mile trail at Crom Estate and discover one of Ireland's most important Nature Conservation areas passing through ancient oak woodland with views of Upper Lough Erne. Don’t miss the Crom Tea House, where it was once customary for the family of the estate to take refreshments.

For more information on other cycling routes in Northern Ireland please visit www.cycleni.com


Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

2 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Angus Campbell on November 19, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

All find and good but no details for example. Where is beech hill hotel as I have never heard of it.

Is it too much to ask you to include addresses of places named in your routes.

Also there are some of us who like to cycle but not mountain bike cycle, are we not to be considered.

Posted by CycleNI on November 20, 2013 @ 3:24 PM

Hi Angus,

If you click on links in the blog they will bring you a page giving very detailed information on where the route is and how you can get there.

The majority of the routes listed above are cycle routes and not dedicated mountain bike routes.

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