Cycling – A Journey, Not A Race!

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ABC CYCLE HIRE PROGRAMME

INFORMATION ON THE ABC CYCLE HIRE PROGRAMME AT SOUTH LAKE LEISURE CENTRE & LOUGHGALL COUNTRY PARK

Operating from South Lake Watersports Centre and Loughgall Country Park, the Cycling for Health Programme provides low cost, affordable bike hire for individuals, groups, clubs and community organisations.

Two cycle pod sites at South Lake Watersports Centre and Loughgall Country Park offer an array of bicycles, including unisex bikes, bikes for young children, balance bikes and two children’s trailers, enabling the whole family to exercise together. Helmets, panniers, repair kits and other safety equipment are also available.

Cost for bike hire is £8.20 for two hours and a £6.20 concession rate but please note that all health and wellbeing programmes i.e. GP Referral and EBA programmes have priority booking and no hire charge.

Pre-book a cycling session and enjoy our parks and open spaces, whilst getting active, meeting new people and improving your health and wellbeing.

CRAIGAVON LAKES MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

This 10km trail meanders through broadleaf woodlands, wildflower meadows and along the lake shoreline. The trail utilises the landscape contours and the natural habitat around the park to create a challenging and also scenic riding experience.

The trail is suitable for all cyclists with basic off-road riding skills. The majority of the trail is purpose built singletrack linked with some wider tarmac sections. Some sections are more challenging than others and may include obstacles such as roots and rocks with some sharp turns. This route is 100% traffic-free. At some points the mountain bike trail can cross and follow sections of shared path where there may be people with children, dogs or other cyclists.

COMMUNITY ACTIVE TRAVEL HUB – SOUTH LAKE

INFORMATION COMMUNITY ACTIVE TRAVEL PROGRAMME

Northern Ireland is increasingly facing many challenges of congestion, air pollution, the climate crisis, as well as obesity and mental health problems. We are attempting to tackle these issues by providing practical local support so that more people can become active by cycling.  

At the heart of the community, South Lake Leisure Centre is responsible for delivering The Community Active Travel Programme encouraging residents and community groups across the borough to cycle more as part of everyday life.

This will be achieved through a range of cycling initiatives including cycle hire, inclusive, group and one-to-one cycling fitness sessions, as well as specific sessions targeting women, post and antenatal fitness and the over 50s.

ALL OUT TREKKING

DETAILS ON ALL OUT TREKKING

This exciting new initiative delivered by Disability Sport NI and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council provides an inclusive opportunity for people of all abilities to get out into the heart of a beautiful woodland and access Gosford Forest Park’s walking and mountain biking trails together.

The project is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and Ireland using the TerrainHopper and Quadrix all-terrain buggies that are suitable for people with a disability, long term health condition or restricted mobility to access off-road terrains. We also have joystick options of both the Quadrix & Terrainhoppers, which may prove more suitable for anyone with reduced hand/arm function.

THE BEST ROUTES ARE THE ONES YOU HAVEN’T TAKEN!

The great outdoors is one of our borough’s best assets!  With a variety of landscapes and scenery to choose from, we are a place full of cycling trails, just made for family adventures. Enjoy a take-it-easy cycle past the apple orchards at Loughgall Golf & Country Park or around the lakes from South Lake Leisure Centre, or grab your helmet and your fearless spirit for an exhilarating ride on the new mountain bike trails at Gosford Forest Park. Check out some of the longer cycle routes across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough below:

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