Cycle Routes around Ards and North Down
Below is a selection of cycling routes around Bangor and the Ards peninsula, curated by our members. Please be aware that the traffic on some of these routes can be quite busy during rush-hour and school drop-off and pick-up times.
Click on the links for route details.
This circular route starts and ends at Bangor train station.
Ballyholme and Groomsport
An easy loop through quiet lanes taking in picturesque Ballyholme and Groomsport
Columban Way Loop
A circular loop from Bangor West to Helen's Bay, following part of the Columban Way. Best done on a MTB, in dry conditions.
GPX file here.
Bangor to Orlock
Walled Garden to Linear Park
Easy Ride along Strangford Lough
This scenic out-and-back ride along the western edge of Strangford Lough is suitable for everyone, including children who will be interested in the great variety of bird wildlife that is there to see.
Please watch out for walkers - the path is very popular with dog walkers and at low tide with birders and photographers.
This a flat route except for a short down-the-dip-and-up section about 200m from the start.
Exploring beyond Strangford
A little further afield, this ride commences in Portaferry where we take the ferry as foot passengers across to Strangford. From there the route meanders through quiet lanes along the Irish Sea to either Chapeltown or Ardglass, returning back to Strangford inland. There are a couple of deceptively steep hills on the way back!
GPX file here.