Craigavon to Newry and Newry Canal Towpath (Route 9)

Route 9 connects Craigavon to Newry via Portadown and Scarva and incorporates the Newry Canal Towpath.

Route 9 begins close to Boconnell Lane on the edge of Craigavon golf course, coming onto Silverwood Leaves then running parallel to Ballynamony Road. Keep on the path which brings you under the roundabout before turning left towards the lakes. 

Follow the path around the two lakes and pass around Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon council offices, before crossing Central Way. Travel along Highfield Grove, cross Highfield Road and follow the path, continuing through Kernan Hill Manor & Gardens. You then run parallel to Lurgan Road and around Eden Villa Park. 

A declassified section connects from here to Portadown. 

Route 9 picks up again at Bridge Street / A27 (Portadown) and follows the flow of the canal, passing Lough Shark, to Poyntzpass. Note, a short section along Terryhoogan Road near Scarva is unclassified. 

From Poyntzpass, you can continue along Canal Bank Road, but this too is unclassified. 

Route 9 takes up again at Gambles Road and you once more follow the path to Canal Quay in Newry.

Points of interest


Public transport links

There are train stations throughout the route at Lurgan, Portadown, Scarva, Poyntzpass and Newry. Check Translink for details. 

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

Route 9 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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