A 37 mile circular route through the Lecale district of Co Down, starting and ending in Downpatrick. The route can be reduced by taking one of many alternative routes. The route visits many pre-historic and more recent buildings and artefacts. There is also the possibility to visit the golden beach at Ballyhornan. Tyrella Beach is also a very popular attraction which lies nearby.
|Nearest Town||Downpatrick||OS Map||Sheet 21|
|Route Type||Coastal, Parkland and Grassland, Urban||Route Shape||Circular|
|AONB||Lecale Coast||Grid Ref (Start)||J484445|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||J484445|
The Lecale district of County Down, made famous in song by Van Morrison, is criss-crossed with a network of roads most of which are nearly traffic free. At 37 miles this route may appear long but it can easily be reduced by taking any one of the many alternative roads. The route meanders through an area abundant in pre-historic and more recent buildings and artefacts. Starting in Downpatrick close to Down Cathedral, you will pass close to the Racecourse and Ballydugan Lake before reaching Loughinisland and historic churches. Re-crossing the A25, you pass close to the mysterious Ballynoe Stone Circles before reaching the coast at Ballyhornan and its golden beach. Following the shoreline north to Kilclief Castle (open to the public) the route turns inland then southwards through the villages of Ballyculter and Ballycruttle before turning towards Downpatrick. Parts of this route are suitable for off-road bikes only.
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
Armagh & Down Cycling Guide
i did an alternative of this route with a friend, going anti clockwise through ardglass to strangford and back. the section immediately after strangford is gravel, not really suited to road bike. there may be other sections that are not great for road bike, bascially take a spare tube. there are some lovely quiet roads and scenery though so....
A great route for young & old. Offers great scenery & places of interest, best of all is that you're never more than 8 miles from Downpatrick.
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