A senic route with a variety of landscapes. Takes in stunning views of Loughbrickland Lake. The route also passes through the award winning village of Scarva where its famous tearooms offer a welcome break.
|Nearest Town||Banbridge||OS Map||20 and 29|
|Route Type||Lakeland, Parkland and Grassland, Riverside, Urban, Woodland||Route Shape||Circular|
|AONB||Other Area||Grid Ref (Start)||J127461|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||J127461|
This 22 mile route is a mixture of rolling drumlin countryside and flat canal towpath. Starting in Banbridge, you head southwest towards Loughbrickland on a quiet road running parallel to the main Dublin road. From here the route climbs steeply to overlook Loughbrickland Lake on your left and starts a series of testing undulations. Thankfully the climbs are short and soon you descend towards Poyntzpass. The route joins the canal towpath here for a six-mile flat run to the award winning village of Scarva. Take care when passing walkers. Use your bell to let them know you are coming. Scarva Visitors Centre offers an opportunity for a rest and some refreshments. Soon the route leaves the canal towpath at Madden’s Bridge and joins the main Gilford to Tandragee road for a short spell before taking the first left turn. Turning right at the first T-junction into Gilford the route climbs under some electric lines to the north of the town onto more undulating roads before descending through the village of Lawrencetown. You then cross the River Bann and follow the south side of the river to Banbridge.
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
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