Cycling in County Down
Down District offers plenty of opportunity for cycling. The Mourne & Slieve Croob Cycle Routes pass through countryside ranging from beaches and bays to the majestic Mourne Mountains and hidden treasures of Slieve Croob, from a bustling fishing harbour to a beautiful hillside village, past castles, early Christian and ancient stone monuments.
The Newcastle/Lough Island Reavy Route is a long circular route with some steep climbs, leading through spectacular scenery. There are also smaller cycling paths and routes, and a new route is currently developed by Sustrans.
Cycling is an ideal way of exploring the history of Northern Ireland while enjoying the scenery on offer. Christian Heritage sites and archaeological sites of County Down can be visited by cycling.
Clearsky Adventure Centre Northern Ireland (Castle Ward) is an outdoor pursuits centre. The centre is surrounded by the ancient sprawling walls of a medieval courtyard and this unique setting together with the stunning surrounding landscapes has attracted many Hollywood Film companies to film onsite over the years. Each Bike (GT Timberline range) comes with a Helmet and Gloves as standard. Our range of bikes are ideal for everything from Forest trails...
The 'Mourne Foods & Films Cycle Tour' is a unique self guided tour by bike exploring the locally produced foods and famous filming locations in the regions beautiful Shimna Valley. It has been devised by the Enniskeen Country House hotel in Newcastle County Down, in association with local food producers and other tourism partners, to showcase the wonderful artisan food in the region and also the many breath-taking locations in the Shimna Valley used in global filming productions...
The Mourne mountains are always in view and the sea is never far away on this relatively flat 12 mile route. This route passes Tollymore Forest Park, Maghera Old Church, Slidderyford Dolmen, Dundrum and Murlough Nature Reserve and finishes on the eastern end of the promenade with its many new art pieces.