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Over Drumlins and Past Lakes
Route Location

Over Drumlins and Past Lakes

A challenging but rewarding ride through ‘Drumlin Country’ with lots of short climbs and descents between rivers and small lakes.

Nearest TownHillsboroughOS Map21
Route TypeHill, UrbanRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)J243587
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)J243587


Quite a hilly ride throughout with very few flat sections. Hills generally are short

Point of Interest

Hillsborough; Government House; Lough Henney; Duneight Motte and Bailey

Route Description

Leave Hillsborough by the Ballynahinch Road and follow the wall of the forest estate, pass the Comber Road on the left then take the next left, Windmill Road. Continue on this undulating road to a crossroads with the Upper Ballynahinch Road. Go straight over then take the first left and follow the Larchfield Estate wall downhill to Baileysmill. At the crossroads, take care and go straight over into River Road. At the next T junction turn right and in approx. one mile turn right into Bresagh Road. Continue past Lough Henney on the right, and at the next crossroads turn left into Lough Road. At the next T turn right and arrive at the A24. Again take care crossing over into Carricknaveagh Road. Continue to a crossroads with the B6, Saintfield Road. Turn left and take care as traffic can be quite fast on this short stretch. At the next staggered crossroads with the A24, turn right then immediately left to follow the B6. Again for this short stretch the traffic can be quite fast, so take care. In just over a half a mile, turn left into Woodvale Road and at the next T junction turn right onto Creevy Road. In a quarter of a mile keep left at a Y junction then continue for approx. 2 miles to a T junction. Look out for ‘Augh Um Tyred’ on this stretch. At the T junction turn left and then arrive at a crossroads with the A49. Turn right, be aware of fast moving traffic, and in a quarter of a mile turn left into the Lisnastream Road. In half a mile turn left onto Gardner’s Road then descend to a T junction with the B178 at Legacurry. Turn right and at the next crossroads turn right. In a few hundred yards keep left into Green Road and follow this road for approx. 1.5 miles to Ravernet. At the crossroads continue straight over and eventually reach the A1 dual carriageway. Turn left, be careful of the (generally) fast moving traffic, then take the slip road at the roundabout towards Hillsborough. Continue into Hillsborough on Lisburn Street.

Getting to the Start

Getting to
If travelling by car follow signs for Hillsborough. Ample car parking in Hillsborough Forest Car Park and off street metered parking.


Mainly light traffic throughout except but care needed on two short stretches of the B6 either side of The Temple and a section of the A49. Also care needed on the return to Hillsborough on a section of the A1


Cafés, shops, pubs in Hillsborough, shops and café at The Temple

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Suitable for tandems; hand cranks etc.

Available Publication

None available



Lisburn CC

Maps and Downloads

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