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Cycling

Cycling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Northern Ireland. Cycling your way through the country is one of the best ways to take in its beauty, attractions and places that others don’t get to see.
There are plenty of options - you can chose off-road family cycling trails or on-road routes. Whichever you choose you will rewarded with incredible views of vast and varied landscapes, from dramatic coasts to patchwork fields that blanket the rolling hills.

How to get started
It's simple! Get a bike, a helmet and get out there and go for it!Many people choose to leisurely cycle as and when they please. However for those who enjoy cycling with others or are looking for a greater challenge and are interested in competitive road cycling, the best option is to join a local cycling club.

Is it easy?
As the majority of us already know how to cycle, it's only a matter of checking out the best routes and places to go. Check out www.cycleni.com for a full list of on and off-road routes in Northern Ireland.
For less experienced cyclists or for those who are exploring a new area for the first time, activity operators offer guided tours along designated cycle routes enabling you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. Bicycle hire is often included in these tours.

Is it expensive?
Bicycles range in price enormously and some specialised mountain bikes can cost up to several thousand pounds. However you can pick up good second hand bikes from around £50. Helmets are essential and range from £20 upwards.

Just Some Ideas

By The Broadwater and Sandy Bay, Moira, Craigavon

This ride links the former Lagan Canal to Lough Neagh then returns following part of the route of the former Antrim to Lisburn railway line between Glenavy and Upper Ballinderry

Antrim Town Loop,

Antrim is a great town for cycling with opportunities to explore the National Cycle Network and other traffic free paths. An excellent circular route exists around the town with traffic-free waterside cycling and walking the main attraction.

Whiterock and Mahee Island,

This 27 mile route along the western shores of Strangford Lough and drumlin country rewards cyclists with some of the finest views of the Lough to be had by bicycle. This route is part of regional cycle route 20.

Comber Greenway, Belfast

The Comber Greenway is a 7 mile traffic free section of the National Cycle Network which follows the old Belfast to Comber Railway line.

Castle Archdale Family Cycling Trail,

Situated 15km north west of Enniskillen, this 6 mile cycle route weaves its way through 230 acres of mature forest situated on the shores of Lower Lough Erne, enabling the cyclist to explore over 1000 years of history.

Corralea Activity Centre Ltd, Belcoo, Enniskillen

Corralea Activity Centre is a well-established family run Activity Centre in the heart of Fermanagh offering a wide range of Outdoor Activities on site:
Biggest outdoor waterpark in Northern Ireland.

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