GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newry Canal Cycle and Walk

20 miles (32 km)

Enjoy a walk or cycle along the Newry Canal on this waterside route in Northern Ireland. The route follows National Cycle Network Route 9 along the canal towpath from Newry to Portadown. It's about 20 miles and makes for a nice, easy cycle or walk. The route passes a series of old stone bridges and pretty locks. The views of the surrounding countryside are great and you should also see lots of water loving wildlife along the way.
The route begins in Newry town centre and heads north to Jerretspass, Poyntzpass and Scarva before finishing in Portadown. Highlights on the route include Lough Shark and Brackagh Nature Reserve near Portadown. A good place for refreshments is the lovely village of Scarva. The canalside village is well known for its park with a bandstand and prize winning floral displays. You can enjoy a snack at the tea rooms and visitor centre.
At Portadown this route links with the Lough Neagh circuit which runs around the largest freshwater lake in Britain and Ireland.

Newry Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Newry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1342776

Newry Canal

Old warehouse, Newry canal - geograph.org.uk - 212879

Old warehouse, Newry canal. The Newry canal connected Lough Neagh (via the River Bann) to the town of Newry and then through the Newry ship canal to Carlingford Lough and the Irish Sea. The canal opened in 1742, had become largely derelict by 1939 and was formally abandoned in 1949. This is two of the old warehouses at the Madden Bridge between Lough Neagh and Scarva looking towards Scarva.

Newry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1656351

Winter scene on the canal. Taken from the Point of Whitecoat Bridge where the Newry Canal and the River Cusher meet the Upper Bann

Milepost, Newry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 898718

Standard form of Newry Canal milepost, beside Steenson's Bridge

Forsythe's Lock, Newry canal - geograph.org.uk - 1055190

Forsythe's Lock, Newry canal. The disused Forsythe's Lock (looking towards Lough Neagh) just south of Steenson's Bridge. It was the fifth lock from Newry on the inland canal.

Steenson's Bridge, Newry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 898688

Cyclist passes under Steenson's Bridge. Steenson's Bridge carries the Drumiller Road/Glen Road across the disused Newry Canal. The towpath is popular with weekend cyclists.

Gambles Bridge on the Newry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1342787

Gambles Bridge on the Newry Canal. Gambles Bridge, also known as the Crack Bridge due partly to the crack in its wall and partly to its use as a meeting place to share a bit of craic!

Acton Lake on the Newry Canal - geograph.org.uk - 185528

Acton Lake on the Newry Canal.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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