Site Map
Print this Page
Translate this Page …
Colour Options …
Text Size …
PolishPolish LithuanianLithuanian PortuguesePortuguese Chinese (Simple)Chinese (Simple) Chinese (Traditional)Chinese (Traditional) OtherOther ...
NormalNormal NormalBlack on white NormalBlack on yellow NormalWhite on black NormalBlack on grey NormalYellow on black
NormalNormal LargerLarger LargestLargest
Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Newry Canal Towpath
Route Location

Newry Canal Towpath

This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Tow Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the Newry Canal.

CountyArmagh, DownDistance20
Nearest TownPortadownOS Map20 and 29
Route TypeRiversideRoute ShapeLinear
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)J012540
Public RoadsOff Public RoadGrid Ref (End)J086267


An average gradient along gravel paths with some boggy areas.

Point of Interest

Moneypenny’s Lock: The last lock on the Canal before the River Bann and the location of a small museum.
Scarva Visitor Centre: Location of a cafe and interpretative boards help to explain the building of the canal.
Acton Interpretative Centre: Situated on the site of a former sluice keeper’s cottage beside Acton Lake.

Route Description

Start the Route in Portadown at The Bann Bridge on Bridge Street. After one mile you will meet the Point of Whitecoat, which marks the end of the Canal and the point where the River Bann meets the River Cusher. Continue for approximately 1 mile to visit Moneypenny’s Lock and Museum, which highlights the magnificent flora and fauna that brings the Canal and towpath to life. Pass Knock Bridge and continue to the next landmark of Terryhoogan Lock. Approximately one mile further along, you will enter the village of Scarva. Halfway between Scarva and Poyntzpass is the Acton Interpretive Centre. Just after the 10 mile point you will find Poyntzpass. The next landmark is Gambles Bridge, also known as the Crack Bridge due partly to the crack in its wall and partly to its use as a meeting place to share a bit of craic! After approximately 15 miles, you will enter Jerrettspass, another small village. Between there and Newry you will cross Steenson's Bridge, a picturesque stone bridge incorporating three arches. At the end of the route is Newry Town Hall which was designed by William Batt and constructed in 1893. Art pieces can be seen along the route including some Millennium Mileposts and a series of specially commissioned pieces which reflect the former work and nature of the Newry Canal.

Getting to the Start

There is a train station at both Portadown and Newry, so you could get the train to either Portadown or Newry and then cycle to the other town. Alternatively by car take the Craigavon (Armagh) junction on the M1 and follow signs to Portadown, you can start the trail just behind Tescos car park in Portadown and work your way towards Newry.


The Newry Canal Towpath is a shared usse path and can be busy at times. Please give way to pedestrians and be prepared to dismount if necessary.


Refreshments available in Portadown, Tandragee, Scarva Visitor Centre, Poyntzpass, Jerretspass and Newry.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Slight inclines in some places, and uneven terrain but generally flat.

Available Publication

Newry Canal Towpath Leaflet

Available from Tourist Information Centres in the area.


Cycle Hire

Craigavon Watersports Centre
1 Lake Road, Craigavon,
Phone: 028 3834 2669

7 feedback comments have been left by readers about Newry Canal Towpath:


Click an image to open the image gallery for Newry Canal Towpath.

Maps and Downloads

The following downloads are available for Newry Canal Towpath:

PDF Document
2.4 MB
PDF Document
2.1 MB
PDF Document
5.8 MB

Share Your Thoughts

Cycled on Newry Canal Towpath? Please share your rating and feedback comments.

  click to rate
Your Name
Allow my comments to be shown on this page
Enter this text in the field below

Print Out This Route

Click the link below to open a printer-friendly version of the information for Newry Canal Towpath.

Cycle Northern Ireland Brochure

Free Brochure

The NEW Cycle Northern Ireland Brochure is now available to order and download. Visit our brochures website to get your copy today.

Keep Up To Date

Subscribe to the free E-Newsletter to get regular updates on new cycle routes and cycling news in Northern Ireland.

Sign Up Today >
Enjoyed this site? Why not check out...
Outdoor NILocal OutdoorsWalk NICanoe NIBeach NIMTB NIDiscover Northern IrelandFacebookTwitter Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive Londonderry Cycle Routes Antrim Cycle Routes Down Cycle Routes Armagh Cycle Routes Tyrone Cycle Routes Fermanagh Cycle Routes