GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Comber Greenway Walk and Cycle Rail Trail

7 miles (12 km)

This cycling and walking trail runs along National Cycle Network route 99 and a disused railway line from Belfast to Comber. It makes for a great traffic free cycle along a nice tree lined tarmac path. As such it's great for families or anyone looking for an easy introduction to cycling. The route runs for about 7 miles from Dee Street in East Belfast to the town of Comber in County Down. You'll pass the C. S. Lewisstatue at the Holywood Arches, and the Bloomfield Walkway in Belfast before enjoying nice views of Stormont, Scrabo Tower, the Harland & Wolff cranes and the Belfast Hills.
To extend your cycle you can continue along National Route 99 towards Scrabo Hill, and Newtownards. This takes you to the tip of the beautiful Strangford Lough.
To extend your walking in the area you could climb to Scrabo Tower which is not far from the route. You can follow footpaths to the top of the hill where you will find the well known landmark.

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Comber Greenway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The trail is a nice place to walk your dog but it's best to keep them on leads as there can be several cyclists around.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Northern Ireland Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

The Comber Greenway (2) - geograph.org.uk - 744115

The path (looking towards Comber) shortly after the old Knock station

The Comber Greenway (1) - geograph.org.uk - 744081

Yellow gorse by the path. The Comber Greenway is a path along the old Belfast and County Down Railway line to Comber and Donaghadee/Newcastle. This is the view back towards the old Neill's Hill station on the Sandown Road

Former Neill's Hill station, Belfast (1) - geograph.org.uk - 685560

Former Neill's Hill station, Belfast. Neill's Hill was the next station after Bloomfieldon the County Down line to Comber, Donaghadee and Newcastle. 58 years after closure the up platform survives (though mostly hidden by the bushes at middle left). The down platform has gone.

Site of Bloomfield station, Belfast - geograph.org.uk - 449797

Site of Bloomfield station, Belfast. Bloomfield was the second station after leaving Belfast (Queen's Quay). The line crossed the Beersbridge Road here by a level crossing. Comber via the North Road bridgeis to the right. Bloomfield Presbyterian church is on the left.

Old railway, Belfast - geograph.org.uk - 449779

This is a view of the old line/footpath looking towards Comber. It was managed by the Conservation Volunteers as a semi-wild area but was substantially altered, a few years ago, when a new water main was laid under this section. Many would like to see it re-opened as a tramway but official thinking is directed towards a guided busway

The Comber Greenway (11) - geograph.org.uk - 1128746

The new bridge across the Ballystockart River.

The Comber Greenway (5) - geograph.org.uk - 744143

The path, looking back towards Belfast, from near Barnett's Crescent. A popular spot on a sunny spring Sunday.

The Comber Greenway (3) - geograph.org.uk - 744124

The view towards Knock stationfrom near the King's Road end of the path.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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