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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

Derg Valley,

Beginning at Newtownstewart travelling through the quiet countryside of West Tyrone.

The Downshire Trail, Hillsborough

This ‘lumpy’ ride linking Hillsborough and Moira is rewarding in places with great views over the Lagan Valley and Belfast Hills whilst following in the footsteps of the Marquis of Downshire.

Newry Canal Towpath,

This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Tow Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the Newry Canal.

To Lough Neagh and Back, Lisburn

A challenging ride in parts, which passes through the flatlands to the west of Lisburn to reach Lough Neagh then climbs the lower slopes of the Belfast Hills before descending sharply back into Lisburn.

Lower Bann Cycleway (short),

This route along the quiet roads on the east bank of the Bann provides a great family cycle from the bustling market town of Ballymoney and the Drumaheglis Marina and caravan/camping park.

Bikedock, Belfast

Bikedock is an independent bike specialist located close to Belfast City Centre.  Our goal is to help you get around Belfast in style, supplying great quality hire bikes with helmets, locks and accessories for visitors, tourists and ...

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