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Short Cycles

The Poet’s Trail – The Ballykeel Loop (8 miles)

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H996160 H996160 Mainly minor country roads with moderately steep hills – a small section of Cowans Road, a disused country lane, may get muddy. Starts and finishes at the Ti Chulainn Centre, Mullaghbane

Description: A circular route leaving the Ti Chulainn Centre, this cycle route takes in the last working flax mill of the area, Mullach Ban Folk Musuem and Cloverhill Golf Course.

The Poet’s Trail – The O’Neill Loop (8 miles)

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H934159 H934159 Largely public roads. Start and finish at Creggan Parish Church, Creggan.

Description: Follow quiet country lanes from Creggan Parish Church on this circular route past Glassdrummond Lake, Roche Castle and Hearty’s Folk Cottage before arriving back at your starting point.

Newry to Slieve Gullion Courtyard (10 miles)

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J085268 J043197 Mainly undulating scenic minor country roads and off road section within Derrymore. Start at Newry Town hall.

Description: From Newry Town Hall cycle 30m along the west side of the canal and turn left on to Sugar Island. Follow on to Canal Street and follow the A28 using the cycle lane for one mile until the Five Ways roundabout. Turn left on the A1 and immediately turn right on to the Craigmore Road. Follow the road for 0.8 miles until arriving at a T-Junction with Kidds Road. Turn left passing over the crossroads with the B113 for 0.8 miles until the T-Junction with Derrymore Road. Turn right and then left in to Derrymore after 100m. Continue on the off road trail and turn left at the junction in front of Derrymore House. This leads to the Newry Road (A25). Turn left and immediately right on to the Limekiln Road. Follow the road around until a T-Junction with the Carrivekeeney Road. Turn right and follow the road for one mile on to Church Rock and in to Camlough. Turn left on to Keggal Road with Cam Lough on the right hand side for three miles until Murrays Corner. Turn right on to Church Road until the T junction with Ballintemple Road with Killevy Churches immediately in front. Turn left and continue past Clonlum Cairn for one and a half miles to the crossroads with Wood Road. Turn right in to Slieve Gullion Forest Park and the Courtyard.

You can also cycle some of the wonderful walking routes, simply navigate using the links on the right hand menu.

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