This short linear cycle route connecting the village and the forest is predominantly along traffic-free sections of NCN Route 93. Cyclists can enjoy stunning coastal scenery and magnificent views towards Donegal, as well as viewing two of the tallest Sitka Spruce trees in Ireland, known by some locals as "Laurel & Hardy".
|Nearest Town||Castlerock||OS Map||Sheet 4 Discoverer Series|
|Route Type||Coastal, Forest||Route Shape||Linear|
|AONB||Binevenagh||Grid Ref (Start)||C773363|
|Public Roads||Off Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||C756356|
The starting point for this short linear cycle route is the promenade in Castlerock, close to the seafront and adjacent to the toilet block. Cyclists follow the main road through the village, taking extra care crossing the railway line. Shortly after crossing the railway line, cyclists pick up the traffic free cycle path which leads to the forest. At the Sea Road/Mussenden Road junction, cyclists turn right and follow the cycle path towards Downhill Estate, home to the famous Mussenden Temple. Take care crossing Freehall Road, and again when crossing Mussenden Road to access the forest. Just inside the forest entrance gate care must be taken descending the first hill. Follow the waymarkers through the forest, passing two of the tallest Sitka Spruce trees in Ireland. The traffic free section of this route ends where the forest paths joins Burrenmore Road. Cyclists then return to Castlerock via the same route (or leave the forest and continue along NCN Route 93 towards Gortmore View Point).
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
"Cycling in the Borough of Coleraine" leaflet. This route is also part of the Ballyshannon to Ballycastle route.
Did this with the kids on a rather wet August day! They loved it. Great views and great forest.
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