Black Path Tours

Find out how to travel more actively in your area using the Black Paths.


Join us and partners Cycul, as we join the dots on bi-weekly cycle tours around the best, most complex cycle network on the Island of Ireland.

Discover where all the paths go, how they connect you to work, business and leisure and how you can create your own active travel routes between Portadown, Craigavon and Lurgan. The tours cover the history, geography, engineering and thinking behind the creation of Craigavon and the Black Paths active travel network.


Craigavon Black Paths

Thursday 15th September | 6pm–8pm | Brownlow & the Lakes

Saturday 17th September |  11am–1pm | Oxford Island

Thursday 22nd September | 6pm–8pm | Craigavon to Portadown and back

Saturday 24th September |  11am–1pm | Segoe, Carn & Kernan



Celebrate Positive Ageing Month

Saturday 8th October | 11am–1pm | Seagoe, Carn & Kernan

Friday 14th October | 3pm-5pm | Oxford Island

Please note: events to celebrate Positive Ageing Month are targeted at over 50’s

Leaving from South Lake Leisure Centre

Tours are suitable for all ages and abilities.

30 places available on each tour

Bring your own roadworthy bike & helmet.

Tours last approx 2 hours and cover 20km of the overall 40km network.

Different route each time

Cost: free

Quick facts

The Black Paths were designed and built over 50 years ago – predicting the increasing problem/danger of traffic and congestion.

Between Craigavon’s roundabouts, there are no footpaths alongside the roads, no pedestrians, no traffic lights or zebra crossings. That’s because there is a separate network for walkers and cyclists, running under and over the road network.

There are 6 large concrete bridges in the Craigavon area, spanning the roads and dual carriageways. None of them are for cars. They are all for pedestrians and cyclists.

There are over 40 underpasses for walkers and cyclists in the Craigavon area.

If you laid all the Black Paths end to end – you could run a marathon on them.

The Black Paths is the longest greenway in Northern Ireland.

The Black Paths are accessible for wheelchair users and mobility scooters.

Belfast has less than 4km of protected cycleways. Craigavon has almost 40km

The Cycling for Health Programme provides low cost, affordable bike hire for individuals, groups, clubs and community organisations.

The cycle pod site at South Lake Watersports Centre offers 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 have priority booking and no hire charge.

Don’t have a bicycle? Not a problem! Contact the centre to hire a bicycle and and enjoy our new Black Path Tours, getting active, meeting new people and improving your health and wellbeing.

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