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The Newry Canal Way route stretches from Newry Town Hall to the Bann Bridge in Portadown.
The Newry Canal Way route stretches from Newry Town Hall to the Bann Bridge in Portadown and is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the now non-navigable Newry Canal.
The Canal operated for more than 200 years and provided employment and generated wealth for the many towns and villages nearby. The Canal was the first summit level canal in the British Isles and has 14 locks between its entrance at Carlingford Lough and Lough Neagh. Most of these can be seen along the way.
Dotted along the entire length of the route are historical landmarks, notably around Steenson’s Bridge. This particularly scenic stretch of the Canal has a plethora of wildlife. A short distance from Steenson’s Bridge is Goragh Wood, which was the principal railway station for Newry and also served as a customs post up until the 1960s. This was the last train stop before crossing the border into the Irish Republic.
Art pieces can be seen along the route including some Millennium Mileposts and a series of specially commissioned pieces which reflect the former work and nature of the Newry Canal.
After exploring the town of Newry it is well worth exploring the rest of the district in the Ring of Gullion. A circular route, known as the Poet’s Trail, follows country lanes and minor roads in the beautiful Ring of Gullion. The Trail, which starts from the village of Mullaghbane and finishes in Creggan, leads you to a tour of the home of the poets of South Armagh, providing an insight into their homeland and the rich inheritance of the area’s monuments, history and culture.