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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

Banagher Cycle Route,

A challenging cycle route around the Sperrins foothills passing through towns and villages, farmland and upland, providing an opportunity to explore Banagher Glen, religious sites and see renewable energy generation in action.

Newcastle /Lough Island Reavy Route,

Circular route with spectacular scenery in the Mournes

Tassagh Cycle Route,

This 23 mile route is a challenging cyle however offers stunning views in return for your hard work. There are many interesting historical sites to stop at and enjoy during your well earned rest periods.

Dundrum Coastal Path,

A short coastal cycle with views across Dundrum Inner Bay

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.

Portaferry,

This circular route links the tranquil shores of Strangford Lough with the sometimes exhilarating beaches of the Irish Sea with views of the Isle of Man on a clear day.

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