This is an 82-mile circular route from Ards to Ards. Designed to be used in sections by residents and to attract leisure cyclists and visitors to the County Down area, the long-distance route features traffic-free sections in Newtownards, Downpatrick and Comber.
The route passes by Delamont Country Park, Inch Abbey, Downpatrick St Patrick Centre, Exploris, Portaferry, Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, Castle Espie and Nendrum with stunning scenic views of Strangford Lough, the Irish Sea coast and the Mourne Mountains en route.
Working alongside the National Trust, Sustrans extended the National Cycle Network through Castle Ward. A 1.5km section of existing path on the National Trust property at Strangford Avenue was upgraded to allow walkers and cyclists to access the Castle Ward Estate. The National Cycle Network links with the internal estate roads and exits at the Audleystown Road.
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.