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By The Broadwater and Sandy Bay

This ride links the former Lagan Canal to Lough Neagh then returns following part of the route of the former Antrim to Lisburn railway line between Glenavy and Upper Ballinderry

County

Antrim

Nearest Town

Moira

Route Type

Riverside

AONB

Other Area

Grid Ref (Start)

J151607

Distance

25 miles

OS Map

21 & 14

Route Shape

Circular

On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)

J151607

terrain

Initially flat on the canal towpath sections then undulating towards Lough Neagh and into Glenavy. More of the same rolling countryside on the return leg through Upper Ballinderry back to Moira.

route description

Starting at Moira Main Street the ride turns left into Station Road and just before the level crossing at the railway station take a sharp turn right and join the towpath at the rear of the cycle parking stand. Follow the towpath, (initially tarred surface then a hard packed gravel surface), beside the Lagan Canal and the Broadwater (with its numerous swans) taking care and being watchful for walkers especially under the bridges and fishermen who line the banks. Continue past the Sluicekeeper’s House and eventually reach the Soldierstown Road at Aghalee. Turn right and at the next T turn right, climb up the hill and take the second road on the right, Chapel Road. In approx. half a mile turn left into Gortraney Road and continue to a T junction. Here, turn right then take the first left, Haddockstown Road. At a minor T junction keep left and continue to another T junction. Turn left and continue to the crossroads with the B12. Go straight over into Ogales Road and in just over a mile turn left onto Feumore Road. Take the first road on the right, Shore Road, and follow the NCN Route 94 (The Loughshore Trail). Continue along the lough shore eventually turning left at a T junction with the Ballyvannon Road then left onto the Lurgan Road. In just under half a mile turn right into Pigeonstown Road, continue and reach Glenavy by the Crumlin Road. Leave Glenavy by the Crumlin Road turning right into Glen Road. Continue on the Glen Road, which becomes Scroggy Road, making sure to keep right immediately after passing over the railway line about a mile past Ballymacricket. At the next crossroads turn right, pass over the railway line again and then turn left into Irwinstown Lane. At the next T junction turn left and follow this road to Upper Ballinderry. At Upper Ballinderry, turn right and in approx. one mile turn left into Magees Road. Keep on this road to a T junction with Chapel road. Turn right to reach the B12. Turn left and in a few hundred yards turn left into Old Church Lane (easily missed if going too fast downhill) Continue on this road, with its views over the Broadwater off to the right, to a staggered crossroads. Go straight over into Chestnut Hill Road and at the next T junction turn right, pass over the level crossing and retrace the ride to Moira via Station Road and Main Street.

getting to the start

Follow NCN Route 9 from Lisburn or Oxford Island. Moira railway station is approx. 1mile away. If travelling by car follow signs for Moira. Ample car parking at the Demesne or nearby streets.

traffic

Mainly light traffic throughout except for a short section of the A3 along Moira Main Street.

facilities

Café, pubs, restaurants in Moira plus shops, pubs in Glenavy

information for People with a Disability

Suitable for tandems; hand cranks etc.

available publications

Loughshore Trail NCN Route 94 (part)

Sustrans, major book shops

Links

Lisburn CC

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