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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Orchard County
Route Location

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.

CountyArmaghDistance33 miles
Nearest TownLoughgallOS Map19
Route TypeParkland and Grassland, RiversideRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)H908522
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)H908522


Medium gradient route. Well surfaced tarmac roads.

Point of Interest

Loughgall Country Park
Peatlands Country Park
Blackwater River

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.


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


Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at Loughgall Country Park.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

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

Available Publication

Armagh and Down Cycling Leaflet

Sustrans Shop


Cycle Hire

Lurgaboy Adventure Centre
Lurgaboy Adventure Centre, 12 Gosford Road, ARMAGH
Phone: 028 3887 1877
Ireland Ecotours
Tiranagher, Belleek, Co.Fermanagh
Phone: 028 686 59171 Mob: 07592208716

Maps and Downloads

The following downloads are available for Orchard County:

PDF Document
2.4 MB
PDF Document
3.3 MB

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