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.
|Nearest Town||Portadown||OS Map||20 and 29|
|Route Type||Riverside||Route Shape||Linear|
|AONB||Other Area||Grid Ref (Start)||J012540|
|Public Roads||Off Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||J086267|
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.
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
Newry Canal Towpath Leaflet
Our son has just turned 5 and started cycling without his stabilisers just a few months ago. The tow path is perfect for him; no cars, not to many hills and plenty of seats for short breaks.
Really good, flat, scenic ride. lots of wildlife on the canal, Scarva visitors centre is a real treasure. Great riding surface most of the way and of course you can get the train back at either end if you need to!!
excellent for the kids, as you can let them cycle leisurely without having to constantly watch out for traffic. ( kids 10 and 11 )
Beautiful and relatively safe route, a few roads to cross but mostly beside the canal. I cycle with a child trailer on behind with my two kids and some of the gates can be difficult to get through as they are designed to stop quads etc. Apart from this it is fantastic and the scenery is lovely with plenty of places to stop.
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I cycled between Poyntzpass and Newry with my children ( 9 & 7). It was a great. Is there anything like it on the North Coast?
The very best path! I have ridden it many times and could never tire of it. Very highly recommended.
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