The National Cycle Network
47 Derry Road
In Northern Ireland there are presently over 600 miles of signed National Cycle Network with some 160 miles to be found in the Sperrin’s region alone. Routes have been designed to cater for all abilities, varying from leisurely spins for those on a family day out to challenging hill climbs for the more hardened enthusiast. Along the way are opportunities to enjoy breathtaking scenery, discover the heritage of an ancient land, or sample the very best in local hospitality.
For more information on the National Cycle Network telephone the National Cycle Network Information Service on 0117 929 0888 or visit www.nationalcyclenetwork.org. Alternatively maps for the main routes traversing Northern Ireland can be purchased at Strabane Tourist Information Centre, priced £5.99 Each.
Belfast To Ballyshannon/Ballyshannon To Ballycastle Routes: Strabane District forms an integral part of two of the National Cycle Network’s routes- the 242 mile Belfast to Ballyshannon route as well as the route running from Ballyshannon to Ballycastle. As with much of the network, there are many interesting features to be found along way. Among these are Strabane’s own Millennium Sculpture, Gray Printers Museum, the architecturally rich village of Sion Mills, plantation and pre plantation fortifications at Newtownstewart, and an ancient pilgrimage trail which traverses the Derg Valley.The quiet nature of many of the roads within Strabane District which comprise the NCN provide also an unparalleled opportunity to sample something of the rural charm of the region. Suggested day rides include Newtownstewart to Pettigoe a thirty mile cycle along Route 95 or a twenty mile return cycle from Newtownstewart to Strabane on Route 92.Other options include the Foyle Valley Cycle Route and The Sperrins Sprint-a 47 mile circlar route .
Foyle Valley Cycle Route :This twenty-one mile cycle route connects the city of Derry to the border towns of Lifford (Co.Donegal) and Strabane (Co.Tyrone) and is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes.The route forms an integral part of the National Cycle Network’s 236 mile Ballyshannon To Ballycastle Cycle Route.
From Derry a new 5 mile section of off-road paths runs south towards the Co.Donegal border.From here minor roads lead to the villages of Carrigans and Saint Johnston.
After reaching Lifford the route then crosses the confluence of the Foyle, Mourne and Finn Rivers, passing the magnificent “Let The Dance Sculpture” and finishes in the market town of Strabane at the local Tourist Information Centre.When in the towns of Strabane & Lifford visit Gray Printers Museum,The Seat Of Power Visitor Centre, or the nearby Wilson Ancestral Home(See Attractions)