Campaign for a network of greenways across the country

NI Greenways potential network

Northern Ireland has a little-known but rich resource waiting to be developed – over 600 miles of former railway lines lying dormant. Northern Ireland Greenways highlights the potential to create a vast network of walking and cycling paths across the country. Linking communities, providing access to the countryside, encouraging healthier lifestyles and kick-starting a new tourism market, we can regenerate a proud part of our industrial and engineering heritage. Read more about the Northern Ireland Greenways vision…

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Each of the potential greenway walking and cycling paths in Northern Ireland will (eventually!) get a post dedicated to it. Below is a list of each greenway route, showing those which have been published so far. Keep following the blog if your nearest greenway hasn’t been posted yet!

Down and Mournes Greenways – cycle and walking paths in County Down

Lough Neagh Greenways – a traffic-free orbital walking and cycling route around Lough Neagh

Glens and Causeway Greenways – touring cycle routes and rambling paths

  • Ballyclare to Antrim Greenway
  • Antrim to Ballymena Greenway
  • Magherafelt to Garvagh Greenways (mapped! 21st May 2012)
  • Garvagh to Ballymoney Greenway
  • Ballymena to Larne Greenway
  • Ballymena to Cushendall Greenway
  • Ballymena to Ballymoney Greenway
  • Ballymoney to Ballycastle Greenway
  • Ballymoney to Coleraine Greenway
  • Larne to Newtownabbey Greenway
  • Causeway Coast Greenway

Lakeland Greenways – walking and cycling paths across Fermanagh and cross border

  • Enniskillen to Clones Greenway
  • Enniskillen to Sligo Greenway
  • Enniskillen to Bundoran Greenway
  • Omagh to Enniskillen Greenway
  • Clogher Valley Greenway

Orchard Greenways – Armagh area cycle paths and walking routes

  • Newry to Armagh Greenway
  • Portadown to Newry Canalway
  • Portadown to Armagh Greenway
  • Armagh to Castleblayney Greenway
  • Armagh to Clones Greenway

Sperrins Greenways – traffic-free access to the Sperrins for walkers and cycle touring

  • Magherafelt to Draperstown Greenway (mapped! 16th May 2012)
  • Coleraine to Derry Greenway
  • Derry City to Letterkenny Greenway
  • Derry City to Sixmilecross Greenway
  • Strabane to Omagh Greenway
  • Omagh to Dungannon Greenway
  • Dungiven to Derry City Greenway
  • Drumsurn to Garvagh Sperrinway
  • Dungiven to Draperstown Sperrinway

Belfast Metropolitan Greenways – commuter cycling and leisure walking routes around Belfast

13 thoughts on “Campaign for a network of greenways across the country

  1. Fantastic idea to encourage tourism. I visited dungannon and was very disappointed about the lack of cycling routes to cookstown and armagh. Cookstown dungannon Greenway would certainly attract cycling tourists. We really enjoyed the Portadown Newry bikepath along the canal.
    Visitor from Canada.
    PS
    May be start a petition section to show support.
    Also have list of relevant politicians and government officials
    Loved the website

  2. Very pleased to find this site. I live between Dromore and Hillsborough and walk/cycle the roads there. I keep crossing the line to Banbridge and seeing the wooded cutting from Google Earth made me wonder if something couldn’t be done to open it up for use. And here you are… count me in as a supporter! :)

  3. Hi, would be great if you could get in contact – I work for Groundwork NI, we recently got some funding for a feasibility study looking at the development of a stretch of disused railway into a Greenway. It would be great to discuss this with you.

  4. Great site
    Keep up good work and I can give free civil engineering advice any time
    Think of the £25,000,000 lost to Waterways Ireland since 1998
    The canals will never have boats but they could have had 10,000 bikes!
    Cycle Ireland would have been a better quango

  5. The Westport to Achill Greenway has proved a great hit. I often thought the same as yourself about some of the old lines up here – that they could be converted for community and tourism use. Some have more potential than others though – Downpatrick to Newcastle would be a cracker! With regard to Lough Neagh, a footbridge at Bannfoot – like the one over the Blackwater at Maghery – should be added to your list.

  6. GREAT INFORMATION,I walked the greenisland to monkstown disused railway line as a boy,until the houses were built around 1999 or so,when access from my street was blocked by houses,I have often thought about this line,where I know at monkstown the access has been complicated by the re-opneing of the Belfast to Antrim line,but a bridge could be built which would emerge at Lisbane ave,also there are still two accessabile points where houses have not been built,but fences block passage to the fields,those two points are Woodfield Drive,which currently is a cul-de sac,accessible from Woodfield<Jordanstown Heights<Mt Pleasant ave, Turn off the Jordanstown rd,
    also access point from Mt Pleasant Rd,running parallel to Jordanstown Heights.
    Best of luck with this & the other disused rail lines,this is what cyclists need here in Northern Ireland.protection from traffic & an improved cycle network

  7. We would love a Greenway here in Fermanagh. Cycling is a big sport here but it is not safe for families or children to cycle on our very busy small country roads. OUr children could almost all cycle to our rural schools if only we had the facility. Think of the fun they would have, the exercise, the fresh air and the potential for them to cycle for life.

  8. I absolutely love the Greenway linking scheme. I am a hand-cyclist and I use my hand-cycle to get to work. Safety while cycling would be wonderful though.
    As you say on your blog, the tourist potential is massive. Cyclists don’t care about the weather!

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