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Lower Bann Cycleway (short)
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Lower Bann Cycleway (short)

This route along the quiet roads on the east bank of the Bann provides a great family cycle from the bustling market town of Ballymoney and the Drumaheglis Marina and caravan/camping park.

CountyAntrimDistance15 miles
Nearest TownBallymoneyOS Map4, 5, 8
Route TypeRiversideRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)C948258
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)C948258


Flat roads, well surfaced.

Point of Interest

Town of Ballymoney
Drumaheglis Marina
Movanagher Fish Farm

Route Description

There are two parallel roads only one mile apart with lots of linking roads and so there are a number

of circular routes that you can take depending on the distance you wish to travel.

From Ballymoney we recommend travelling

west through Balnamore village towards the marina set on the banks of the River Bann. From here head south towards Kilrea on the quiet road which offers good views of the river.

After the Angler’s Rest pub you may like to leave the route to explore the old canal and weir at the fish farm. To return take the first left turn south of the canal and travel north along the parallel inland road looking across rich farmland with the Antrim Hills in the background. From Bendooragh you can

either cycle the busy "B" road to Ballymoney or travel straight ahead return to Ballymoney via Balnamore.

Getting to the Start

Townhead Street Car Park (free) opposite the Town Hall, Museum and Arts Centre in central Ballymoney is the starting/finishing point for this route.

By Bike: Ballymoney is on National Cyle Route 96 from Lough Neagh up to the Causeway Coast.

By Car: From Belfast, travel up M2 North and continue on to the A26. This road will take you through Ballymena and on to Ballymoney. From Coleraine take the A26 south, signposted Ballymoney.


Mainly on quiet country roads following the East bank of the River Bann. Some busy traffic on main road from Bendooragh to Ballymoney.


There are a wide range of cafe, bar and restaraunt facilities in Ballymoney.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Roads and well surfaced and flat.
Accessible toilet facilities are available opposite Townhead Street Car park at the start/finish of the route.

Available Publication

Causeway Coast and Glens Cycling Leaflet

No longer in print. Available to download from link below


Cycle Hire

Ireland Ecotours
Tiranagher, Belleek, Co.Fermanagh
Phone: 028 686 59171 Mob: 07592208716
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring, 15 Ballyknockan Rd, Saintfield
Phone: 028 9081 3200


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