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Birches & Maghery Trails

These trails embrace the south-west shores of Lough Neagh linking Maghery Country Park and Peatlands Park, River Blackwater, River Bann and Lough Neagh.

County

Armagh

Nearest Town

Portadown

Route Type

Woodland

AONB

Other Area

Grid Ref (Start)

H963616

Distance

12 miles

OS Map

sheet 19 & 20

Route Shape

Circular

On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)

H963616

terrain

Most of the trail is laid in bitumen however there are a few sections that are very uneven and cyclists should proceed with caution.

route description

The following description is for the longest of the 3 cycle trails and encompasses the other 2.

Once you have joined the trail on the Clonmakate Road (see below), after 1mile turn left onto the Derryvinney Road and at the end of this road turn left onto the Derrylileath Road. Stay on this road for 2 miles until you reach a crossroads. Turn right onto the Birches Road. At this point you can either continue towards Peatlands Park and do a loop in the Park or you can turn right before getting to the park entrance up Derryhubert East Road. (If you do a loop in Peatlands, you will end up coming out onto this road.) Continue on the Derryhubert East Road until you come to the Derryane Road. Continue on it until you reach the Derrylee Road. At the T junction, take a right which will bring you into Maghery. In Maghery, take the time to visit the country park and possibly Coney Island (a boat runs to the Island on Sundays during the summer months). When you’ve done that, turn right onto the Maghery Road which then becomes the Columbkille Road. About 3 miles out of Maghery you will come to a junction. You should turn right into Greenisland Road to continue on the trail but first take the opportunity to cycle straight on to see the disused River Bann ferry crossing. Once on the Greenisland Road, bear left (after about 250m) and left again (after about 1000m) and then bear right after 400m onto a very rough path (on which numbers 48 & 50 Greenisland Road are located). At the end of this road, opposite the Rathbanna metalworks, turn right onto the Derrylard Road. At the next crossroads, go straight on, onto the Derrycush Road and follow it, bearing to the left at the fork. This takes you to the Farlough Road for a short stretch before bringing you back to where you started on the Clonmakate Road.

getting to the start

Follow NCN 94 out of Portadown on the western side of the Bann (Derryall Road), joining the Clonmakate Road on the far side of (M1) junction 12.

traffic

Cyclists will encounter a range of vehicles and traffic flows.

facilities

Toilet facilities are available at Peatlands Park.

information for People with a Disability

Accessible parking is available at Peatlands Park.

available publications

Walking and cycling in Craigavon. Wetlands Way

Oxford Island TIC Recreation Development Officer - 02838322205

Cycle hire

Craigavon Watersports Centre
1 Lake Road Craigavon www.craigavonactivity.org
Email: watersports.centre@craigavon.gov.uk
Phone: 028 3834 2669
Web: www.craigavonactivity.org

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