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Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails

The 6km of exhilarating mountain bike trails are set in the beautiful grounds of the scenic Blessingbourne Country Estate. The trails at Blessingbourne are designed in such a way that they appeal to seasoned mountain bikers as well as families and those looking to have a go for the first time.  Bike hire is provided on site. The trail meanders through pretty woodlands, skirting the edge of private lakes and nature reserve, offering fabulous views across the lake of the majestic Victorian Manor House. Then head deep into the woods again, with beautiful views over the scenic Clogher Valley. For those who are feeling a bit more adventurous the 4 more advanced red loops off the main trail are packed full of technical features including jumps and banked corners which certainly get the adrenaline pumping. With log rides, table tops and a purpose built pump-track, mountain bikers can easily spend hours on the trails fine tuning their tricks and skills.

 

Carleton Cycle Trail, Clogher Valley

The green cycle trail begins at the Rural Centre in Clogher. The route has long straight stretches and only one off-road section through Fardross Forest. Clear views of Brackenridge's Folly can be seen before passing through heather-clad blanket bog and Fardross Forest. The route continues past Carnagat Forest before returning back to the village of Clogher.  Points of interest along the way include: St Maccartan Cathedral, Rathmore Hillfort, Brackenridge's Folly, Fardross Forest, Brown Hill Forest and Carnagat Forest.  

               

Dungannon Park

Push off from the Park Pavilion and enjoy a great experience for the family, highlights include: Nunnery Hill where you can admire a splendid view over the park - brace yourself for a series of steep downhill sections towards the Linen Green Complex, an award-winning "boutique" shopping complex, pass the lake, dam and waterfall. Best to dismount here, as the hill rising up to the lake is quite severe. Cross through the car park to join the second leg of the trail alongside the park's playing fields. A nice winding downhill section takes you to the far side, past the play park to the finish where you can park up and explore the wonderful way marked walks.

 

Omagh Riverside Path to Gortnagarn

This 5.5 mile flat cycle route samples part of National Cycle Network 92 and takes in some of Tyrone's most tranquil scenery. Starting from Cranney Fields this 5.5 mile, flat linear cycle route uses a section of National Cycle Network 92 long distance route. Pedaling along the Camowen River, you pass through Lover's Retreat, onto Privet Road, the leisure centre grounds and continue out of Omagh, alongside Grange Park. The path continues off-road all the way out to Gortnagarn in the foothills of the Sperrins. From here it's only a short distance to the Ulster American Folk Park, documenting Irish Emigration and celebrating our Ulster American connections, set within a unique village recreating 19th Century life. From here you can retrace your tracks back to Omagh town or the more adventurous can use this as a warm-up to a number of the Sperrins Cycle Routes.

 

White Hare Cycle Route, Carrickmore

The route starts by heading north and east, over towards the seven stone circles at Beaghmore. From Beaghmore climb in the direction of Gortin, crossing the Owenkillew River and passing standing stones and cairns strewn in the surrounding fields. Turn south towards Greencastle where the road rises before dropping down into Mountfield. Swing right, climb once again to Loughmacrory and then into the small town of Carrickmore, take a breather here before the tough return leg. The route then climbs around Cregganconroe up to the remarkable Creggandevesky Court Tomb. It was revealed when the blanket bog was removed in the 80s. Back in the saddle pull yourself to the top of the climb and get a well deserved descent, finishing at An Creagán.