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Orange fern frond on blue background with path nameUlster Way - Newry Canal Way Quality Section


27 km / 17 miles
The Ulster Way section of the Newry Canal Way starts two miles north of Newry and follows the towpath of the now disused canal that was the first summit-level canal in the United Kingdom. This section is part of Route 9 National Cycle Network and passes the villages of Jerrettspass and Poyntzpass before arriving at Acton Lake, also known as Lough Shark, the 'summit' of the canal.

For those wishing to walk the entire Ulster way the canal is left at the village of Scarva for the Link Section: Scarva to Aughnacloy.

WalkNI recommends that walkers stay on the Newry Canal Way to Portadown from where public transport can be used to reach the start of the next Quality Section at Aughnacloy.

Use Link Section Scarva to Augnacloy to reach the next Quality Section: Sliabh Beagh Way.


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Path Type: Northern Ireland Quality Routes
Waymark: Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Attributes: Northern Ireland Quality Walks
Cycle Route
Start: J073295 - Carnbane, Newry, Armagh
Finish: J012540 - Old Town Quay, Portadown, Armagh
Open Date: 2009
Web Sites: WalkNI - Ulster Way - Newry Canal Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Newry Canal Towpath  (Cycle Northern Ireland  - 2014 updated ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Other Paper Maps:
OS (NI) Discoverer
20 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2017)
OS (NI) Discoverer
29 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)

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28.2 km (17.5 miles)

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