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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

Strangford Lough Trail,

Cycle through Saint Patrick's country and around one of Europe's most important wildlife sites.

The Castle,

Starting and finishing at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney, this 19.5 mile cycle route winds its way through quiet country roads close to Loughguile village and Lissanoure Castle Estate.

Ganaway Activity Centre, Millisle, Newtownards

Ganaway is situated on a 13 acre site just outside the village of Ballywhiskin and is an excellent position to facilitate a wide range of outdoor activities.

Selected as one of 27 centres in Northern Ireland as a London 2012 Olympic Games ...

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.

Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails, Belfast

On the outskirts of Belfast, Barnett Demesne boasts mountain biking trails to suit all ages and abilities.

Through Dromara’s Foothills, Dromara, Dromore

Starting and finishing in Dromara the hills aren’t very far away and will challenge even experienced cyclists.

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