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Lagan Canal Towpath, Craigavon

This is a very attractive and gentle trail following a short section of the old Lagan Canal, ideal for disabled users, walkers and cyclists. This section of the towpath was opened in 1794 and you can still see the marks in the stone of the barge ropes. The trail boasts some very pretty bridges.

Work first began on the Canal in 1756 and it took over 50 years to complete, due largely to financial pressures. Its horse-drawn barges played a vital role in the transport system of the region in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, primarily carrying coal from the newly discovered coalfields of east Tyrone, via Lough Neagh to the expanding port of Belfast.

From the trail here it is a short distance to the Montiaghs Moss Area of Special Scientific interest, an important peat habitat, Gawleys Gate Harbour and Portmore Lough with its RSPB Reserve.

Starting points: Cranagh Bridge and Annaghdroghal Bridge, Aghagallon. Half of the route follows National Cycle Network Route 9 and the Lough Neagh Cycle Way, Route 94.

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