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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

Legananny Cycle Route,

This is an interesting circular cycle route between Finnis and Castlewellan, passing through some very pleasant countryside with spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains

Castlerock to Downhill Forest,

Short family cycle connecting Castlerock village and Downhill Forest

Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan

Whether your preference is laid back or action packed, join us at our award winning centre in the beautiful Castlewellan Forest Park amid the stunning Mourne Mountains for a host of fantastic adventure activities.

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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.

Bann Valley Cycle Route,

Country roads and gently undulating farmland in the Bann Valley

Cushendall,

This route rises from sea-level to 290m and links the beaches at Waterfoot and Cushendun to the hills of the Antrim Plateau passing through some of the famous Glens of Antrim.

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