Cycle Northern Ireland -

Lower Bann Cycleway (short)

This route along the quiet roads on the east bank of the Bann provides a great family cycle from the bustling market town of Ballymoney and the Drumaheglis Marina and caravan/camping park.

Nearest TownBallymoney
Distance15 miles miles
OS Map4, 5, 8
Route TypeRiverside
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBOther Area
Grid Ref (Start)C948258
Grid Ref (End)C948258


Flat roads, well surfaced.

Point of Interest

Town of Ballymoney
Drumaheglis Marina
Movanagher Fish Farm

Route Description

There are two parallel roads only one mile apart with lots of linking roads and so there are a number

of circular routes that you can take depending on the distance you wish to travel.

From Ballymoney we recommend travelling

west through Balnamore village towards the marina set on the banks of the River Bann. From here head south towards Kilrea on the quiet road which offers good views of the river.

After the Angler’s Rest pub you may like to leave the route to explore the old canal and weir at the fish farm. To return take the first left turn south of the canal and travel north along the parallel inland road looking across rich farmland with the Antrim Hills in the background. From Bendooragh you can

either cycle the busy "B" road to Ballymoney or travel straight ahead return to Ballymoney via Balnamore.

Getting to the Start

Townhead Street Car Park (free) opposite the Town Hall, Museum and Arts Centre in central Ballymoney is the starting/finishing point for this route.

By Bike: Ballymoney is on National Cyle Route 96 from Lough Neagh up to the Causeway Coast.

By Car: From Belfast, travel up M2 North and continue on to the A26. This road will take you through Ballymena and on to Ballymoney. From Coleraine take the A26 south, signposted Ballymoney.


Mainly on quiet country roads following the East bank of the River Bann. Some busy traffic on main road from Bendooragh to Ballymoney.


There are a wide range of cafe, bar and restaraunt facilities in Ballymoney.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Roads and well surfaced and flat.
Accessible toilet facilities are available opposite Townhead Street Car park at the start/finish of the route.

Available Publication

Causeway Coast and Glens Cycling Leaflet

No longer in print. Available to download from link below


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.