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Rostrevor Cycle Route

This is an interesting circular route between the villages of Rostrevor and Hilltown, passing through pleasant countryside with dramatic views of Rostrevor, the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough.

County

Down

Nearest Town

Rostrevor

Route Type

Hill

AONB

Mournes

Grid Ref (Start)

J177183

Distance

17 miles

OS Map

29

Route Shape

Circular

On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)

J177183

terrain

Outside the villages the route uses country roads.

route description

Begin in the village of Rostrevor. Starting in the village at the junction of Mary Street and Greenpark Road, follow the Kilbroney Road uphill through the village, past the chapel on your right, to the junction with the Newtown Road.

Turn right into the Newtown Road which rises steadily uphill through pleasant countryside between the river and the Forest. At the Yellow Water picnic table, there is an opportunity to take a breather alongside the stream. From here cycle uphill through the forest on the main road.

The road now passes through open moorland. At the next junction, continue on the main Sandbank Road on the right until it meets the New Line Road on the left. Retrace your journey back to the junction with the New Line Road and turn into it. At the next junction bear right onto the Leitrim Road and follow it until it meets the main Rostrevor to Hilltown Road. Turn right onto it and follow it into Hilltown.

Leave Hilltown on the main road to Newry but after about only 400 metres turn left onto the Yellow Road (just before the speed limit end sign). After 1.25 miles the road climbs steeply again to the lovely picnic area of Glenmore. Pause a while and enjoy the breathtaking views to the north and east.

After 0.5 mile turn left onto the Lower Knockbarragh Road (the second road on your left). After a short distance the road begins to go downhill following the Ghann River. Continue to follow this road until at a T-Junction it joins the Upper Knockbarragh Road, turn left onto this road which becomes the Greenpark Road and it will take you back into Rostrevor on the shore of Carlingford Lough.

getting to the start

Starting in Rostrevor at the junction of Mary Street and Greenpark Road where there is parking in the village and it is on the main bus line.

traffic

Some roads can be quite busy at times.

facilities

You can purchase refreshments before leaving the village of Rostrevor.

information for People with a Disability

Country roads with no obstacles.

available publications

Cycling in Newry & Mourne Mourne Heritage Trust Cycling

Newry Tourist Information Centre Tel: 028 3031 3170

Cycle hire

Life Adventure Centre Castlewellan
Life Adventure Centre Grange Courtyard Forest Park Castlewellan
Email: iwant@onegreatadventure.com
Phone: +44 (0)2843770714
Web: www.onegreatadventure.com

Links

www.newryandmourne.gov.uk

Nearest Cycle Hire Shop: Stewart Cycles Tel: 028 4177 3565

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