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Comber Greenway

The Comber Greenway is a 7 mile traffic free section of the National Cycle Network which follows the old Belfast to Comber Railway line.

County

Down

Nearest Town

Belfast, Dundonald or Comber

Route Type

Urban

AONB

Other Area

Grid Ref (Start)

J347748

Distance

7 Miles

OS Map

15

Route Shape

Linear

On/Off Road

Off Public road

Grid Ref (End)

J449701

terrain

Flat bitmac linear path

route description

The Comber Greenway is a 7 mile traffic free section of the National Cycle Network running from Belfast to Comber along the old railway line which closed in 1950. The Comber Greenway starts at the western end of Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Belfast, however the traffic free cycling section begins at Dee Street in East Belfast close to the Harland and Wolff shipyard. From the Holywood Arches to Dundonald the Greenway provides a tranquil green corridor through East Belfast with points of interest along the way including the CS Lewis Statue, views of the Harland & Wolff Cranes, Parliament Buildings at Stormont and the Belfast Hills.

At the Comber Road in Dundonald the route diverts briefly from the old railway line along a section of riverside path to Millmount Road before continuing to Comber through a rural landscape, passing the Billy Neill (MBE) Soccer Centre of Excellence with views of adjacent farmland and Scrabo Tower. Cyclists and walkers can cross the River Enler and farm lanes using a number of reinstated bridges before arriving at Comber.

getting to the start

Can commence in either Belfast or Comber. Train stations that serve the Comber Greenway are Belfast Central, Bridge End and Sydenham. Bicycles will be carried free of charge on translink train services but are not permitted on trains prior to 09:30 Monday - Friday. Walkers can access the Greenway by bus using Metro services 4a/19/20/20a from the City Hall to Dundonald or Ulsterbus services 11 & 511 from Laganside Buscentre to Comber.

traffic

Whilst the pathway is off road, there are junctions where the pathway crosses main intersections.

facilities

No car parking or facilities provided

information for People with a Disability

The path is wide with no stiles

available publications

Comber Greenway Leaflet, National Cycle Network Map 99

Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegal Place Belfast BT1 5AD T:(028) 9024 6609 Ards Tourist Information Centre 31 Regent Street Newtownards BT23 4AD t:(028) 9182 6846 Sustrans www.sustrans.org.uk T:0845 113 00 65

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Love the Comber Greenway which I cycle as much as I can with 3 friends. Room for improvement please would be to have benches along the route for picnics to be had. Nowhere to sit at all particularly at the end of the Greenway in Comber. Picnic tables on that ( what looks like waste ground ) near those houses ??? Thanks, JJ

JJ
 

I understand that the comber greenway is a shared path but with hundreds of more cyclists potentially coming onto the greenway there wont be much safety for people walking. I am a very conscious dog owner who religiously lifts their dogs excrement but most of the cyclists are not so conscious when approaching people from behind. They do not ring their bell to let you know they are approaching and as a pensioner i have had several scares on a regular basis. The speed they travel at especially in large groups gives walkers little or no warning. Apparently their brakes dont work either. On a positive note there are cyclists who are mannerly and thank you for moving to the side and ding their bell to let you know of their approach.

Sharon
 

Comber greenway is great for walking or cycling. It's quick and easy to cycle out to Comber from Belfast. Unfortunately dog owners do leave a lot of dog mess all over the place and the vast majority seem to think it's fine to let dogs off the lead. I've had a couple of close calls despite having a bell. Surely something can be done to educate and/or fine people the mess and roaming dogs.

Michael
Funders Outdoor Recreation NI Leave No Trace NIEA DoE HPA
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