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AboutStarting at the Mall, the route passes through
the traffic-free Folly Glen on NCN route 91 before following
narrow twisting roads through the townlands of Cavanacaw
and Killycapple. A short but very steep ascent (you may have to
get off and push!) passes close to several quarries before the
high point (locally called the Cairn Stones) is reached. After a
break, you descend towards Segaghan Dam, turn right for a
short stretch on the B31, then left to reach the Callan river
north of Tassagh. Following the river downstream, in
approximately two miles you pass under the soaring arches of
the Tassagh railway viaduct. You then cross the A20 before
turning right towards Milford - the ‘Home of the Penalty Kick’.
From this historic village the route crosses the A3 then
continues to Navan Fort. The Navan Centre (entrance on the
right) is well worth a visit. From here you continue to the Callan
riverside path then climb past the Church of Ireland Cathedral
to arrive at the City centre.
Public roads: On Public Road
Getting to the start:
By Bike: Armagh is on National Cycle Network 91.
By Car: From Belfast take the M1 West and turn off on the M12 towards Craigavon. From here follow the A3 signposted Armagh. This road takes you into the centre of Armagh. The mall is also in the centre of the city.
Traffic: Quiet country roads however take care on short stretch of B31 and when crossing the busy A20 and A3 roads.
Some challenging hill climbs. Coming out of Armagh there is a 20% gradient climb up to 248 metres.
Point of interest:
Callan River Segaghan Dam Tassagh Railway Viaduct The Navan Centre and Fort
Armagh is a bustling city with all facilities provided. The route also passes through villages of Milford and Tassagh which have toilets and the opportunity to have refreshments.
Armagh and Down Cycling Leaflet
Accessible toilet facilities:
- Free (parking charges may apply)