Canals

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Foyle – Strabane

A walk along the re-developed canal is a leisurely walk with excellent views of the River Foyle and across to Donegal at the most northern point of the walk.  At Devine’s Lock there is an interpretative panel briefly outlining the canal’s history. From here follow the trail north as it leads along the canal edge, passing two footbridges which cross the canal, before arriving at Crampsie’s Lock (immediately after the second bridge) . Continue and pass through the kissing gate onto the earth track and follow this to its end at the bird hide. From here stunning views of the River Foyle and East Donegal can be enjoyed. Retrace your steps until reaching the second bridge crossing which features interpretation on the bio- diversity of the Foyle River System. Cross to the opposite bank and continue your walk back to the car park.

Carlingford – Newry

The Newry Canal Way is a 20 mile long distance route running from Portadown to Newry along the restored towpath of the former Newry Canal. This linear walk/cycle route provides a flat, level surface suitable for all. This walk takes in a section of the route, between Knock Bridge and Poyntzpass.

The towpath is part of Route 9 National Cycle Network so be aware of the joint use of this path by pedestrians and cyclists. This relaxing walk follows the towpath of the former Newry Portadown Canal, completed in 1742, it was Britain’s first truly summit-level canal. At Knock Bridge take the towpath south towards Newry. The canal is on the left as you walk along this section and the River Cusher and the Belfast to Dublin railway to the right. The towpath was used by the horses which pulled the canal boats, known as lighters, along the canal.

The canal runs for 18 miles from the Point of Whitecoat, just south of Portadown, to Victoria Locks at the sea south of Newry. It meanders along the borders of Counties Down and Armagh from Lough Neagh to the sea at Carlingford Lough. The inland canal ceased to operate commercially over 60 years ago.