By early next year walkers and cyclists in Newry will have another option with the opening of the first Newry section of what will be called the Carlingford Lough Greenway.

Victoria Lock

At present Phase One, the 2.2km path between the Albert Basin and the weir on the Omeath Road is complete but not yet open and the section from the Weir to Victoria Lock is scheduled to be completed by this December. 

Phase 1 of the project was funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council through the Landfill Communities Fund administered by Ulster Wildlife.

The Council plans to open the Greenway from Newry to Victoria Lock for use by the public early in 2018.

The Carlingford Lough Greenway when complete will provide a world class cross-border green travel route running parallel to the Newry to Carlingford Road which is narrow and unsuitable for cyclists.

The project will extend for approximately 25 km from Newry City through the villages of Omeath and Carlingford to Greenore, providing a much needed recreational facility for this area.

When completed, this Greenway will link with the existing Newry/ Portadown Cycleway/Towpath resulting in a total length of 52km of Greenway along the East coast of Ireland enabling walkers and cyclists to travel off-road between Belfast and Dublin using Sustrans Route 9 (The Great Eastern Greenway).

A council spokesperson added "This is a wonderful example of effective Cross Border cooperation to deliver a world class outdoor recreational facility for everyone to use and enjoy."

Louth County Council has already constructed 6.2 kms of Greenway from Omeath to Carlingford Marina and this has proved very popular with the public since it opened in 2014.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council in partnership with Louth County Council has secured funding from INTEREG VA to deliver phase 2 of the Carlingford Lough Greenway from the weir on the Middlebank to Omeath and from Carlingford Marina to Carlingford.