COMBER TO NEWTOWNARDS GREENWAY
“Strangford and Scrabo Greenway”
The Belfast and County Down Railway branched three ways at Comber, with a line running back north towards Newtownards under the shadow of Scrabo Tower, and eventually on to Donaghadee. A proposed 9km greenway route could once again provide a sustainable trasport link between Comber and Newtownards using a combination of railway alignment, roads and coastal defence walls.
|Timescale||2026 to 2040|
|Type||Former railway / coastal defence wall|
|Title||Belfast and County Down Railway|
|Councils||Ards and North Down Borough Council|
June 2016: ANDBC applies to Stage 1 of the DfI Small Grants Programme for Greenways competition
EXPLORE THE HISTORIC ROUTE
GREENWAY PROJECTS WHICH INTERSECT
A popular 11km route developed by Sustrans along the old Belfast to Comber railway line opened in 2008 – the original Northern Ireland greenway.
Extending the Comber Greenway route by 55km through Ballygowan, Saintfield, Crossgar, Ballynahinch and Downpatrick to the Mournes.
A 14km former railway line running north out of Newtownards turning sharply east below Bangor and across the top of Ards Peninsula to Donaghadee.
A proposal to link Newtownards with the North Down Coastal Path
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 Comber to Newtownards Greenway, or if you want to submit a picture or video to this page, please get in contact.