Cycle Northern Ireland -

Bann Valley Cycle Route

Enjoy the quiet country roads traversing the fertile landscape of the Bann Valley, with views towards the Bann corridor and beyond towards the Antrim HIlls. The busy rural market towns of Garvagh and Kilrea offer opportunities to explore local heritage and culture and enjoy traditional hospitality.

Nearest TownGarvagh and Kilrea
Distance16 miles
OS MapSheet 8 Discoverer Series
Route TypeHill
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBOther Area, Sperrins
Grid Ref (Start)C840155
Grid Ref (End)C840155


Bitmac surfaced country roads

Point of Interest

Garvagh Museum, Moneydig Cairn, Kilrea Old Church

Route Description

Start in the main car park at Garvagh Forest, just off the town's Main Street. Leave the car park and turn left along Garvagh Main Street, following the Route 12 signage (the entire route is waymarked - Route 12 - Sperrins Cycle Routes). At the crossroads in the town centre turn right on to Bridge Street and then after a short distance turn left on to Station Road. Follow this road in to the countryside and branch off left on to Ballyagan Road. On reaching the junction with Cullyrammer Road, turn left and proceed to the next T-Junction. Turn right along Mullaghinch Road and then right again on to Moneydig Road. Keep on this road until reaching the outskirts of Kilrea. Head along Edenbane Road towards the town centre and turn off right on to Blackrock Road. Follow this undulating road towards Garvagh. At the small hamlet of Boveedy turn left on to Dullaghy Road and proceed along this road until reaching Grove Road. Turn left along Grove Road and then right on to Lisachrin Road. Shortly after this, turn right on to Ballymenagh Road, a particularly quiet rural road commanding excellent views of the surrounding countryside. At the next T-Junction turn left along Kurin Road and head back into Garvagh, finishing off at the starting point in the forest car park.

Getting to the Start

The starting point is the main car park in Garvagh Forest, just off the town's Main Street (A29) on the southern outskirts of the town.

Ulsterbus Public Transport: Coleraine: 028 7032 5400

Car parking available in the forest car park.


Normal traffic conditions for small rural towns such as Garvagh and Kilrea.


Car parking available in the forest car park.
Refreshments and toilet facilities available in Garvagh and Kilrea.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Bitmac surfaced country roads.

Available Publication

Sperrins Cycle Routes Laminated Route Cards - Route No.12

Coleraine TIC Tel: 028 7034 4723CBC Leisure Services Tel: 028 7034 7234


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.