The Mourne Mountains
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This scenic circular route, one of seven mapped routes in the area.
This scenic circular route, one of seven mapped routes in the area, starts and ends in the seaside town of Newcastle.
Start at the northern side of the resort and cycle along the A50 towards the market town of Castlewellan. Before Castlewellan, turn left onto Tollymore Road and then right onto Middle Tollymore Road. As you continue you will pass through the quaint little village of Bryansford and cycle alongside Tollymore Forest Park, the first designated forest park in Northern Ireland.
There is no doubt that the views of the Mountains of Mourne are spectacular throughout this route. And, as you cycle in the direction of Lough Reavy Reservoir, simply take in the stunning scenery. Continue along the edge of the reservoir towards Lacken Road and if needed, you can take a well-earned rest at the Slievenalargy Rare Breeds Farm, which is located on the left.
The next section of the cycle route leads you onto Ballygreehan Road after which the novice cyclist may wish to dismount as the route becomes more strenuous. As you continue, the village of Leitrim will come into sight and Slieve Croob will rise before you. Heading towards Leitrim, turn off at Ballyaginty Road, from the top of which you will be afforded views of Dundrum Bay, the Mourne Mountains and Newcastle. The return journey back to Newcastle is somewhat steep so be sure to check your brakes!