An extensive network of walking and cycling paths are set within the Parkland around the Craigavon Lakes and are suitable for disabled users and families and incorporate the National Cycle Network Route 9. The route around the two lakes is 3 miles, but there are many more paths besides.
Point of interest:Craigavon Watersports Centre, Tannaghmore Gardens
OS map:Sheet 20
Terrain:Varied surfaces & shared paths
Route:From the Craigavon Watersports Centre car park, start walking on the wide tarmac path beside the lake and walk in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, keeping the lake to one side. For the first half of the walk, follow the signs for Tannaghmore Gardens. Once you have reached the gardens, follow the signs for Craigavon Water Sports Centre to return to the car park. During the walk, you will come to two bridges. You must pass under these in order to complete the circuit of both lakes. It will take approximately 45mins – 1hr to complete the walk and at one point you may be up to 100metres from the waters edge.
When you approach the railway line, you may want to take a short detour into the Local Nature Reserve on either side of the railway line, to view the wildflowers, butterflies and orchids, however it should be noted that the path for this walk has yet to be laid and is therefore currently unsuitable for disabled users and pushchairs.
Facilities:Toilets and refreshments are available from the Craigavon Watersports Centre and Tannaghmore Animal Farm.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Varied surfaces including flat tarmc paths, off-road trails through woods and shaared paths.
Publication:Walking + Cycling in Craigavon.
Publication availability:Contact the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on 028 3832 2205 or available to download on this webpage.
Getting to the start by public transport:The nearest bus stop is at Rushmere Shopping Centre, from here it is a 5 minute walk across a footbridge at the rear of the shopping centre. See link for Translink below.
Getting to the start by car:From the M1 take junction 10 and follow signs to Craigavon Centre. Look for signs to the Watersports Centre at roundabout 3.
Getting to the start on foot:By Bike - Cyclists can access the path from routes 9 & 94 of the National Cycle Network.