The Routes - Newcastle - Mournes
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Overview of the Newcastle - Mournes Route
The area of the Mournes - “The Kingdom of Mourne” is one of stunning landscapes and outstanding beauty, from where the mountains of Mournes sweep down to the sea, across to Spelga Dam and around the coastal route to Warrenpoint.
There is a dense network of narrow roads with bends and dips and the many side roads that exit on to the main roads that require concentration and forward observation to negotiate. For example The Seven Sisters, a series of bends on a lengthy stretch of road between Kilcoo, Hilltown and Mayobridge.
The Mournes roads are a major tourist route and there are 1,062 miles of road network in the entire Newry and Mourne district.
Newcastle is a busy sea side resort and has seen major changes but still remaining is the “bikers” meeting place on the Central Promenade at the Newcastle Centre - with plenty of cafes nearby which also dispense ice-creams and a chance for a natter with fellow bikers - riders - motorcyclists.
Another popular place for riders to stop is at Spelga Dam either after or before riding the steep road with its hairpin bends.
The road from Belfast and out through Carryduff, Ballynahinch, Clough, Dundrum, or coming across from Downpatrick to Newcastle are routes in themselves.
The Coastal route through Annalong, Kilkeel, Rostrevor to Warrenpoint, although maybe not as famous or infamous is as technical to ride as the Antrim Coast Road.
Enjoy the route!