BALLYMENA TO CUSHENDALL GREENWAY


“The Glens of Antrim Greenway”

Rising from the Braid River valley, this potential pathway would soar to be Ireland’s highest greenway as it crosses the Glens of Antrim from the bustling town of Ballymena to the coastal peace of Cushendall.

And the cutting through Glenariff Forest Park is a place of tangible magic..

ROUTE DETAILS


Length 30 kilometres
Estimate £4.4 million
Location 2026 to 2040
Type Former railway
Title Belfast and Northern Counties Railway
Border area No
Councils Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Article: The Glens of Antrim Greenway (September 2015)

“The footprint of the abandoned Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway winds silently through the Glens of Antrim. The scenery along the old narrow gauge railway route is truly magical; it’s time to make a nailed-on tourism case for creating a walking and cycling greenway to lift the local economy.

“While decades of farming and community growth makes a route out from Ballymena challenging to say the least, the upper reaches of the old line sit in plain view and unhindered by recent human development.

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PROGRESS UPDATES


Idea stage  

Feasibility  

Construction  

Completed  

September 2015: NI Greenways publishes article on “The Glens of Antrim Greenway

June 2016: MEABC applies to Stage 1 of the DfI Small Grants Programme for Greenways competition

August 2016: MEABC establishes Steering Group to pursue Glens of Antrim Greenway development

November 2016: MEABC does not secure DfI £8,000 grant funding for a feasibility study

May 2017: Sections of Glens of Antrim Greenway included in MEABC Cycling Routes Masterplan (PDF 6.7MB)

EXPLORE THE HISTORIC ROUTE


GREENWAY PROJECTS WHICH INTERSECT


BALLYMENA TO BALLYCLARE GREENWAY

A 26km route along the former narrow gauge railway from Ballymena to Ballyclare (and eventually Larne).

BALLYMENA TO KILREA GREENWAY

A 20-25km route linking the greenways terminating at Ballymena with the northern portion of the greenway network.

GET INVOLVED


Successful greenway projects are driven by the passion of local people. If you have an update to share, a story to tell about the history of the route or future of the Ballymena to Cushendall Greenway, or if you want to submit a picture or video to this page, please get in contact.