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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Route Location


The route starts in the small village of Katesbridge close to the busy town of Banbridge and follows a former railway line where many of the old railway bridges are still well perserved. The route continues into the Dromara foothills providing views of the Mournes and the Belfast Hills.

Nearest TownKatesbridgeOS Map20
Route TypeHill, Lakeland, Mountain, Parkland and GrasslandRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)J207408
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)J207408


Tarred road

Point of Interest

Corbet Lough
Dromara foothills

Route Description

From the small village Katesbridge the route follows

the line of a former railway with the Bann River

meandering off to your right. Many of the railway bridges are well preserved and can be seen as you cycle along before crossing the river and heading uphill to meet the main Castlewellan road. This road carries fast moving traffic at times but a short detour to the award winning Corbet Lough is well worthwhile. From here you continue to climb into the Dromara foothills before turning right about half a mile outside the village of Waringsford.

At the next crossroads turn right, then right again at a

garage and then immediately right into Fedany Road.

This road brings you onto a ridge from where you can

see as far as the Belfast Hills to the north and the

Mourne range to the south. It’s mainly downhill from

here before re-crossing the Castlewellan road again just before Katesbridge.

Getting to the Start

By Bus
Local service operate from Banbridge to Katesbridge see for more detail

By Car
Follow the A1 south from Belfast to Banbridge and then take the A50 heading towards Castlewellan.


Normal road traffic


Refreshments are available at McCoys filling station just before you enter the village of Katesbridge.

Information for People with a Disability

This route does not have accessible toilet facilities.

Corbet Lough has recently been updated to allow easier access to wheelchair users.

Available Publication

Armagh and Down Cycling Guide

Banbridge Tourist information Centre Tel 02840623322


Cycle Hire

Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring, 15 Ballyknockan Rd, Saintfield
Phone: 028 9081 3200

Maps and Downloads

The following downloads are available for Katesbridge:

PDF Document
2.4 MB

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