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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

Ballyshannon to Larne,

It's one of the best coastal routes you're ever likely to ride, stretching from Ballyshannon's Atlantic Coast through L'derry.

West Fermanagh Loop,

A classic, uncompromising cycle through the magnificent West Fermanagh countryside.

Bryson LaganSports,

Bryson LaganSports, a registered charity and social enterprise, is part of the Bryson Charitable Group and was formed in 1995.

It provides opportunities to participate in many different watersports and outdoor activities.

Park to Limavady,

Follow an 18 mile section of NCN 93 as it winds its way north from Park Village in the Sperrin foothills through the Roe Valley countryside and uplands, on to Roe Valley Country Park and Limavady town.

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.

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails, Rostrevor, Newry

These trails offer challenging climbs with some serious descents and Ireland's first two official downhill trails.

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