The See.Sense team love to head out cycling together after work or at the weekends, which always involves a coffee and cake stop! Our favourite Saturday route has to be this Strangford Lough ride (County Down, Northern Ireland).
Distance = 50 miles
Average time = 4.5 hours including the pit-stops
Road type = Flat route, suitable for all abilities. Any bike will do, as long as it’s fit for the road!
The route is special to us as a team as it’s where we filmed our See.Sense ACE Kickstarter video last year, so it holds some great memories for us all. Strangford Lough is managed by the National Trust and is a haven for marine life and flowers. With the whole route being really flat it means that it is suitable for all abilities of cyclists who want to pedal along and take in the views. Just as long as the bike is fit for road riding!
At 44 miles in total, starting from the traffic-free Comber Greenway, our group then meanders down the peaceful Ballydrain road and then along the beautiful shores of the Ards Peninsula and the lough on minor roads with all the scenery and wildlife at our wheels.
We highly recommend the Kingfisher, Castle Espie for coffee and snacks as they do special deals for cyclists.
Stop at the picture perfect Daft Eddies Coffee Room and Pub on Sketrick Island looking over the water. The seafood here is highly rated, and again, this is a very cycle friendly establishment.
Always charge your phone and kit before riding this route, as you’ll definitely want to take a few snaps to share with your friends. We usually stop at Nendrum Castle for our photos. Nendrum Monarchy is our favourite stop for Instagram photos, you can even go inside!
A few minor hills on the way home to burn off those snacks! Cycle over the famous Scrabo Tower and then over the Bradshaws Brae hill (both small climbs so suitable for all) before arriving back on the greenway.
Looking for a riding guide for a different city? Or a different route in one of the cities we’ve already featured? Take a look at our other guides here or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email on email@example.com with your recommendations and we’ll get writing!