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Orange fern frond on blue background with path nameNewry Canal Way

32 km / 20 miles

The Newry Canal Way follows the towpath of the now disused canal that was the first summit-level canal in the United Kingdom. The mostly off-road route, part of Route 9 National Cycle Network, passes 13 lock gates, Lough Shark, and the villages of Scarva, Poyntzpass and Jerrettspass. Interpretation panels and sculptures are found at several points along the route.

The path forms part of the Ulster Way and connects with the Ring of Gullion Way.

The Newry Canal Way is one of ten Waymarked Ways, a series of accredited walking routes that pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country ranging in length from 20 to 47 miles. These walking routes with waymarked posts have excellent infrastructure in place. Interpretation panels throughout the walks provide interesting information on local history, natural features and wildlife. The Waymarked Ways are: Antrim Hills Way, Causeway Coast Way, Cuilcagh Way, Lecale Way, Mourne Way, Moyle Way, Newcastle Way, Newry Canal Way, Ring of Gullion Way and Sliabh Beagh Way.


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Northern Ireland Quality Routes
Waymark: Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Northern Ireland Quality Walks; Easy; Cycle Route; Canal
J012540 - Bann Bridge, Portadown, Armagh
J085267 - Town Hall, Newry, Armagh

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External PDF (Cycle Northern Ireland - 2014 updated)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Other Paper Maps:
OS (NI) Discoverer
20 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2017)
OS (NI) Discoverer
29 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)

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