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Blackwatertown – Coney Island

This 13.75 mile (22km) trip from Blackwatertown to Coney Island takes in the highlights of this trail with a wild camp at Copney Campsite.

County
Armagh / Tyrone
Distance
13.75 miles (22km)
Days
2
Nearest Town
Dungannon
Route Shape
Linear
Grade
Flat
OS Map
OSNI Sheet 19
Access Point
Blackwatertown 2 - GR H841522
Egress Point
Maghery Slip 8 - GR H926637

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Points of Interest

Moy, The Argory, Bond’s Bridge. Verner’s Bridge, Coney Island

Itinerary

This itinerary has been compiled using an estimated paddling speed of 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) per hour and also allowing time for lunch breaks and the many photo opportunities along the way.  Please check forecast before departing.


Day 1 Blackwatertown (GR H841 522) to Copney Campsite (GR H877 589) 6.5 miles (10km)


Start your trip at Blackwatertown and enjoy a relaxing 3 mile (5km) paddle downstream to Moy.  It is also possible to start your trip at Moy (GR H853 560) therefore reducing your trip by 3 miles (5km).  Access/ Egress is available at the quay on the left hand side of the river just downstream of the bridge. The village is renowned for its antique shops which may not be that appropriate on a canoe trip but a large Spar shop is just a short walk from the egress point so you can top up on those energy boosting drinks and snacks. A further walk into the village square offers 8 pubs and 2 restaurants including The Ryandale Guest Inn (+44 (0)28 8778 4829).


From Moy, a short 2 mile (3.5km) paddle will bring you to The Argory, (GR H870 583) often described as one of the jewels in The National Trust’s crown.  If you have time why not take a tour of the 19th Century house – a Neo-classical masterpiece, or simply call in for a break at the tea shop (seasonal opening)


A short paddle will bring you to your overnight stop at Copney Campsite.


Day 2 Copney Campsite (GR H877 589) to Coney Island (GR H937 640) 7.25 miles (11.5km)


A further 6.5 mile (10.5km) paddle through beautiful countryside will bring you to Maghery Country Park.  Verner’s Bridge (GR H882 612) offers a good place for a further rest stop along the way. 


You can egress at Maghery Slip on continue onwards ¾ mile (1.2km)  to Coney Island.  Please note Lough Neagh becomes rough and Maghery is particularly exposed in strong northerly or easterly winds.  It is recommended to bring rafting poles for this section of the journey. 


Coney Island is beautifully maintained by the National Trust and offers a well manicured rough camping area just beside the canoe steps. There is also a BBQ area.  Coney Island’s achilles heel is the Lough Neagh fly, which although harmless, can be highly annoying during calm weather around late April / early May. To camp on Coney Island please telephone Kinnego Marina +44 (0)28 3832 7573 or Coney Island Warden (0788 7827230) – a small fee is charged.


Unfortunately due to anti-social behaviour in the area it is not advisable to leave your car overnight at Maghery Country Park, so either arrange to be collected here or more secure parking can be arranged at the nearby GAA club - Maghery Sean MacDermott’s. This should be arranged in advance by emailing info@maghery.com

Getting to the Start

Directions from Belfast 45 miles (72 kms)


Belfast - Benburb. Travel the length of the M1, continuing onto the A4 dual carriage way.  Approximately 2 miles from the end of the motorway take the B45 exit toward Dungannon/Eglish/Caledon/Benburb/B130.  Continue for approximately 6 miles to Benburb. Turn left onto the B128 towards Blackwatertown. In 3/4 mile turn left on Maydown Rd - signposted for Armagh.  Continue along the Maydown Road - the access point is on the right immediately after the bridge.


Directions from Dublin 90 miles (145 Kms)
Take to M1 Northbound to Newry, then follow the A28 to Armagh. Exit Armagh on the A29 Moy Road. In approximately 3 miles turn left onto the Blackwatertown Road. In 2 miles take a left onto the Artasooly Rd. In a further 2.25 miles turn left onto the Maydown Road. Continue along the Maydown Road the access point is on the left before the bridge.


Shuttle

The shuttle is 15 miles (30 miles return).  The nature of the rural area makes navigation quite challenging so a good road map is essential.  This may not be the most direct route but it avoids a network of rural roads. 


From Benburb retrace your tracks the A4 dual carriage way following the B130 towards Dungannon.  On reaching the A4 dual carriageway turn right and follow the A4 towards Belfast. Follow the M1 turning off at Junction 14 Moy Coalisland. At Tamnamore Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Tamnamore Rd.  Turn left to stay on Tamnamore Rd.  In approxiamatley 1 mile turn left onto the B196 following signs for Maghery. On arrival in Maghery turn left at the church following brown signs to Maghery Country Park.


Maghery Country Park has a height restriction barrier so you may have to remove canoes from a roof rack to pass underneath.  Unfortunately due to anti-social behaviour in the area it is not advisable to leave your car overnight at Maghery Country Park, so either arrange to be collected here or more secure parking can be arranged at the nearby GAA club - Maghery Sean MacDermott’s. This should be arranged in advance by emailing info@maghery.com


 


 

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