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Orchard County

Whilst this route can be ridden at any time of the year, without doubt the best time is during May, when the orchards (famous for their Bramley apples) which line many of the quiet roads are in full bloom.

County

Armagh

Nearest Town

Loughgall

Route Type

Parkland and Grassland

AONB

Other Area

Grid Ref (Start)

H908522

Distance

33 miles

OS Map

19

Route Shape

Circular

On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)

H908522

terrain

Medium gradient route. Well surfaced tarmac roads.

route description

Starting at Loughgall’s Country Park the route

heads north towards the National Trust property of Ardress House, just off to your right on the B28. After crossing the B26 you cross several bridges over the former Great Northern, Portadown to Omagh railway line and climb to pass close to a windmill stump from where the landscape south of Lough Neagh lies before you. Continuing northwards, the route meets

the Loughshore Trail close to where the River Bann flows into the Lough and turns west towards Maghery and on to Peatlands Country Park. You then head south and follow quiet roads past the NT property of The Argory (pay a visit to Aunt

Ida’s tea room) and through the villages of Charlemount and Blackwatertown. Here the route follows the line of the former Ulster Canal on the river Blackwater before returning to Loughgall. After the cycle ride take a while to explore the park with possibly a walk round the lake and grounds.

getting to the start

Loughgall is situated North West of Armagh. The Ballygasey B77 road leaves Armagh town centre and passes through Loughgall. Look out for signs for Loughgall Country park.

traffic

Route is mainly on quiet country roads however care must be taken crossing B28 and B26 roads.

facilities

Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at Loughgall Country Park.

information for People with a Disability

Loughgall Country Park caters for people with disabilities. For more information contact Armagh and Down Tourism on 028 91822881

available publications

Armagh and Down Cycling Leaflet

Sustrans Shop

Cycle hire

Ireland Ecotours
Tiranagher Belleek Co.Fermanagh
Email: info@irelandecotours.com
Phone: 028 686 59171 Mob: 07592208716
Web: www.irelandecotours.com

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