Cycle Northern Ireland -

Drumlins and Canal

A senic route with a variety of landscapes. Takes in stunning views of Loughbrickland Lake. The route also passes through the award winning village of Scarva where its famous tearooms offer a welcome break.

Nearest TownBanbridge
Distance22 miles
OS Map20 and 29
Route TypeLakeland, Parkland and Grassland, Riverside, Urban, Woodland
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBOther Area
Grid Ref (Start)J127461
Grid Ref (End)J127461


Route mainly on public road but joins Newry Canal Towpath for a short time.

Point of Interest

Stunning views of Loughbrickland Lake.
F.E. Mc William Gallery and Studio.
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen Centre.
Opportunity to stop at Scarva Visitors Centre, with its excellent cafe and information on the building of Newry Canal.

Route Description

This 22 mile route is a mixture of rolling drumlin countryside and flat canal towpath. Starting in Banbridge, you head southwest towards Loughbrickland on a quiet road running parallel to the main Dublin road. From here the route climbs steeply to overlook Loughbrickland Lake on your left and starts a series of testing undulations. Thankfully the climbs are short and soon you descend towards Poyntzpass. The route joins the canal towpath here for a six-mile flat run to the award winning village of Scarva. Take care when passing walkers. Use your bell to let them know you are coming. Scarva Visitors Centre offers an opportunity for a rest and some refreshments. Soon the route leaves the canal towpath at Madden’s Bridge and joins the main Gilford to Tandragee road for a short spell before taking the first left turn. Turning right at the first T-junction into Gilford the route climbs under some electric lines to the north of the town onto more undulating roads before descending through the village of Lawrencetown. You then cross the River Bann and follow the south side of the river to Banbridge.

Getting to the Start

Route starts in Banbridge, situated just off the main Belfast to Dublin road. Both free and Pay-Station car parks are available in and around the town centre.


Some parts of the route can be busy at times.


Refreshmants available in Banbridge, Loughbrickland, Scarva, Gilford and Lawrencetown.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

The Route is along a public road which tends to be busy at certain periods.

Available Publication

Armagh & Down Cycling Guide

Tourist Information Centres in the area


This information is provided by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information will be amended accordingly.