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Friday, June 9, 2017

Cycling - Coleraine , Ireland, UK



Occasional or novice cyclists may simply wish to spend a day-trip visiting well known attractions while on holiday on the north Coast.  More experienced enthusiasts will typically complete the long distance mapped routes, one of which is the following

Ballyshannon to Ballycastle (236 miles_ - NCN Routes 91, 92 & 93

A significant section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 93 passes through the north of the Borough.It is readily identified by distinctive signage.

Substantial sections of this route, linking Downhill, Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Bushmills/Portballintrae, offer superb coastal scenery and are along traffic-free cycle paths.  These sections are suitable for novice cyclists and families with young children. Experienced cyclists may choose to venture off the signed routes and explore the countryside of their leisure.

A cycling leaflet highlighting the above entitled "Cycling in the Borough of Coleraine" is available
from tourist information centres.

The Lower Bann Cycleway is a 45 mile linear cycle route between Toome and Castlerock, following
the National Cycle Network Routes 96 and 93. The scenic route follows the Lower Bann river corridor from Lough Neogh to where the river enters the Atlantic Ocean of the Barmouth near
Castlerock.  The following landscape of this river corridor provides a gentle cycle, lkeavfing cyclists to enjoy the route of their leisure and take in the scenery of the Lower Bann.

other cycling opportunities include two signed cycle routes centred on Garvagh part of a network of routes throughout the Sperrins.  The "Eagle's Glen Route" (approx15 miles) explores the historic Errigal landscape centred on the picturesque Glenullin Valley, providing cyclists with superb views of the northern Sperrins foothills.

The "Bann Valley Cycle Route (approx 15 miles) linking Garvagh and Kilrea, enables cyclists to enjoy to enjoy the quiet country roads transversing the fertile landscape of the Bann Valley, with views of the Bann corridor and beyond towards the Antrim Hills.  The busy rural market towns of Garvagh and Kilrea offer opportunities to explore locsal heritage and culture and enjoy traditional
hospitality.

For more details about the various NCN routes and maps available :

                                www.cycleni.com

Or ask for details at Coleraine Tourist Information
Contact Council's Countryside Development Officer  Tel:  028 7034 7234

Or mark.strong@colerainebc.gov.uk














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