Things to see or do
- Nearest town: Portadown
- Distance: 20
- OS map: 20 and 29
- Start Point: J012540
- Finish Point: J086267
- Terrain: An average gradient along gravel paths with some boggy areas.
- Point of interest: Moneypenny’s Lock: The last lock on the Canal before the River Bann and the location of a small museum. Scarva Visitor Centre: Location of a cafe and interpretative boards help to explain the building of the canal. Acton Interpretative Centre: Situated on the site of a former sluice keeper’s cottage beside Acton Lake.
- Facilities: Refreshments available in Portadown, Tandragee, Scarva Visitor Centre, Poyntzpass, Jerretspass and Newry.
- Accessibility information: Slight inclines in some places, and uneven terrain but generally flat.
- Accessible toilet facilities: Yes
- Publication: Newry Canal Towpath Leaflet
- Publication availability: Available from Tourist Information Centres in the area.
- Mobile narrative: Follow this enjoyable route along the towpath of the historic Newry Canal.
Newry Canal TowpathArmagh - Northern Ireland
Start the Route in Portadown at The Bann Bridge on Bridge Street. After one mile you will meet the Point of Whitecoat, which marks the end of the Canal and the point where the River Bann meets the River Cusher. Continue for approximately 1 mile to visit Moneypenny’s Lock and Museum, which highlights the magnificent flora and fauna that brings the Canal and towpath to life. Pass Knock Bridge and continue to the next landmark of Terryhoogan Lock. Approximately one mile further along, you will enter the village of Scarva. Halfway between Scarva and Poyntzpass is the Acton Interpretive Centre. Just after the 10 mile point you will find Poyntzpass. The next landmark is Gambles Bridge, also known as the Crack Bridge due partly to the crack in its wall and partly to its use as a meeting place to share a bit of craic! After approximately 15 miles, you will enter Jerrettspass, another small village. Between there and Newry you will cross Steenson's Bridge, a picturesque stone bridge incorporating three arches. At the end of the route is Newry Town Hall which was designed by William Batt and constructed in 1893. 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.
Public roads: Off Public Road
Getting to the start: There is a train station at both Portadown and Newry, so you could get the train to either Portadown or Newry and then cycle to the other town. Alternatively by car take the Craigavon (Armagh) junction on the M1 and follow signs to Portadown, you can start the trail just behind Tescos car park in Portadown and work your way towards Newry.
Traffic: The Newry Canal Towpath is a shared usse path and can be busy at times. Please give way to pedestrians and be prepared to dismount if necessary.