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Antrim Town Loop

Antrim is a great town for cycling with opportunities to explore the National Cycle Network and other traffic free paths. An excellent circular route exists around the town with traffic-free waterside cycling and walking the main attraction.



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Other Area

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4.5 miles

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On/Off Road

Off Public road

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On the Rea's Wood section, blending in with the nature of this local woodland, the path may on occasions have some loose stones or be slightly uneven and care should be taken when cycling along it.

route description

From the car park follow the path into Rea’s Wood. Continue through Rea’s Wood, ignoring all tracks off to the right and left. After 750m you reach the National Nature Reserve. After a further kilometre, the path reaches an iron gate. This is the southern limit of the National Nature Reserve and there is no public access beyond this point. However, a path then veers off to the left, leading onto the Dublin Road. You can then cross over the Dublin Road and follow the signs for the Mill Race Trail along Kirby's Lane. From the Trail's car park area, follow the waymarkers signs on the left, where a lovely riverside path takes you back into Antrim passing along side the old mill race. Once in town turn left at the end of High Street and pass the Motte en route to Clotworthy House. Cross the river at the old stone bridge and follow the riverside path back to the Lough. An additional route leaves Clotworthy House on a cycle track to Randalstown on The Loughshore Trail, a 110 Mile Route around Lough Neagh.

getting to the start

To get there follow the signs to the Lough Shore Park off the Dublin Road in Antrim. On reaching the Park, turn left and continue to the car park that looks out over Lough Neagh. Rea’s Wood now lies to your left as you look out over the Lough.


From Reas' Wood, you need to cross the Dublin Road which can be busy and then follow Kirby's Lane down onto the Mill Race Trail, which can be rather narrow and bendy in places.


To enhance your enjoyment of the Trail, picnic tables, benches and bike stands are located along the route. The Loughshore Coffee House at the Lough Shore Park is open all year around for breakfast, light lunches and refreshments.

information for People with a Disability

On the Rea's Wood section, the path may on occasions have some loose stones or be slightly uneven, so may be difficult for wheelchairs. The route is mainly flat and there are no steep gradients or obstacles to overcome, apart from having to cross a busy road.

available publications

Thanks to European Union funding through the Lough Neagh Strategic Fund, a leaflet has been produced entitled ‘Six Mile Water: A River Reborn’

Leaflet is available from both Antrim Civic Centre (028 9446 3113) and Antrim Information Centre, located at 16 High Street in Antrim

Cycle hire

Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring 15 Ballyknockan Rd Saintfield
Phone: 028 9081 3200

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Not sure where the images relate to but this is a decent flat route. The paths around the lough always very busy with walkers. Wooded area not suitable for kids trailers unfortunately.

Aaron F

Enjoyable cycle path but the sign posts are non existent or totally contradictory. Very easy to go in a totally different direction. It took us 3 attempts on 3 different visits to find the correct paths.

Mike Antonis

I rode this route today Nov., 4th 2014 it was a lovely sunny autumn afternoon and a very enjoyable easy ride, very interesting too.

Billy Marks
Funders Outdoor Recreation NI Leave No Trace NIEA DoE HPA
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