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The Bush
Route Location

The Bush

Starting and finishing at the Joey Dunlop Lesiure Centre, this circular route navigates its way through the Stranocum countryside in the picturesque River Bush valley. There are thatched cottages and participating cyclists will pass through the locally important trees on the Bregagh Road, known as "the dark hedges."

Nearest TownBallymoneyOS Map8
Route TypeUrbanRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)C963248
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)C963248


Mostly quiet countryside roads, although cyclists need to take care while crossing the A26 at the junction of the Glenlough Road on the outgoing and return journeys.

Point of Interest

Built in the 18th century, Stranocum Hall was the home of the Hutchinson family. It was raided by United irishmen in June 1798.

The old graveyard at Kilraughts dates back to the 17th century.

As you approach the junction of the Loughabin and Tummock Roads, nearby are two raths and also the Drumbest Bog where two bronze age horns were discovered.

Some of these sites are on private land and can only be accessed with the owners prior permission.

Route Description

Starting at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, turn right onto Garryduff road, then left onto Glenlough Road. Cross over the A26 - take extra care. At the next cross roads turn left onto Boyland Road. Go straight over the next cross roads still continuing on Boyland Road. At the end of the road turn right onto Kirk Road and continue through Stranocum village and up to the brae past school. Turn right at Gracehill golf course onto Bregagh road and up through the trees (known locally as the dark hedges). Go straight over the cross roads and descend down to anotehr cross roads. Turn right onto Gracehill road and continue along, then turn left up Kingariff road. At the top of the road turn right onto Fivey Road. The minute you get past the houses, thurn left onto Cregagh Road. At the end of the road turn right onto Kilraughts road. At Kilraughts reformed presbyterian chruch turn left onto Loughhabin Road. At the cross roads so straight over, still on Loughabin road, turn right into Tummock road then further along turn left onto Glenlough road. Go straight over at the cross roads. Then straight over at the crossroads with the A26, take extra care. ontinue onto the end of the Glenlough Road and turn right onto Garryduff Road and onto the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

Getting to the Start

The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre is signed from the A26 along the B62


Relatively quiet country roads, except crossing A26


The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre offers car parking, toilets and a cafe

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre offers disabled access for toilets and cafe.

Available Publication

Cycle Ballymoney

Available at Ballymoney TIC, 028 2766 0230



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