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Cycling and mountain biking

Cycling is part of our vision for creating a better city – it’s cheaper, greener and gets you more active.

We have facilities for BMX bikes at Ormeau Park, Victoria Park, Waterworks and Bridges Urban Sports Park. You might also be interested in:

Barnett Demesne mountain bike trails and jumps park

Barnett Demesne in south Belfast is home to the city's first mountain bike trails and the only official dirt jump park in Ireland. These facilities, worth £446,000, were installed as part of our Investment Programme.

Mountain bike trails details

Location

Upper Malone Road Belfast, BT9

How to get there

Entrance to the park is through Old Coach Lane, just off Upper Malone Road.

Take Metro no. 8 A-C from Belfast city centre.

Take your bike - the trail head is adjacent to the towpath, NCN 9.

Facilities    

  • 3.5km green trail, which runs alongside the River Lagan and is suitable for beginners and families

  • 3.9km blue trail, complete with three red loop options and more technical features, making it a more challenging run for experienced riders

  • jump park with six lines of jumps, beams and booters, including a range of sizes to test all levels

There are also toilets, showers (charge of £1 per shower) and car parking available at the nearby Mary Peters Athletics Track  

Opening hours

7.30am daily and normal park closing hours  

Booking   information 

For more information about the park including maps, advice on hiring bikes and details of mountain bike lessons call 028 9032 0202 (extension 6653), email or visit www.mountainbikeni.com


Cycling routes in Belfast

Belfast is becoming increasingly cycle-friendly. Whether you want to cycle for fun or commute to and from work or school, there are plenty of cycle lanes, off-road paths and riverside terraces to try.

Comber Greenway

The Comber Greenway is a seven mile traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network. It runs along the disused Belfast to Comber railway line and provides a tranquil green corridor from Comber to east Belfast with views of Stormont, Scrabo Tower and the Belfast Hills.

The route starts at:

  • Dee Street
  • CS Lewis Statue at Holywood Arches
  • Bloomfield Walkway
  • Tullycarnet
  • Dundonald

It finishes at the Belfast Road in Comber. There are several access points along the route.

More information about the Comber Greenway is available from www.discovernorthernireland.com

Lagan and Lough Cycle Way

The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way is a 21 mile traffic-free cycle ride or walk connecting Lisburn, the Lagan Valley, Belfast (with links to the city centre) and Jordanstown. It is mostly level and is suitable for novice and family cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Call 028 9066 2259 to request a leaflet or visit the Sustrans website to find out more.

Belfast by Bike

This guide provides useful information for safe and enjoyable urban cycling. It includes advice on safe cycling and the Highway Code and includes a map showing cycling routes in Belfast.

Download Belfast by Bike guide (PDF - 1.6MB)