Tobar Mhuire Heritage Cycling Trail

Cycling Route
From the trail head in the rear car park follow the way markers in a clockwise direction gently winding and twisting through Tobar Mhuire Estate. The circular trail first explores the lower woods of the Estate stopping at Mary's Well for a well-earned break before proceeding and crossing the main avenue. From here the trail takes you through an area of rough grassland and wildflowers climbing up to the Mourne Mountains Viewpoint. The trail then explores the top wooded area before descending again through grassland into the ancient forest of Kilmore below. You pass through a wrought iron again and shortly after arrive back at the starting point.

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start: By Car - From Belfast take the A24 to Carryduff and then the A7 to Crossgar. Upon reaching the roundabout turn left along the B7 Killyleagh Road and continue until St Colmcille's on the right hand side. Immediately after the school turn right along the New Line. The car park for the trail head is located 200 metres down the lane on the right.

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Compacted gravel paths approximately 1m in width and less than 5% gradient. Mostly flat with 2 sections of switch-back turns ascending and descending a top wooded area.

Point of interest:

Mary's Well
Mourne Mountains Viewpoint
Walled Garden & Victorian Glasshouse


Car parking is available at the trailhead.
Toilets provided at Tobar Mhuire Retreat & Conference Centre.
Cafes, toilets and shops located in Crossgar village.

Accessibility information:

This trail is Category 3 multi-use trail meaning it is suitable for most but not all abilities. The trail is a minimum 1m wide with lines of sight up to 20m. It is a consistent level surface in most places with 2 areas of ascent and descent with a gradient of 5% making it suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Accessible toilet facilities:


The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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