The Newtownabbey Way walking and cycling route will be officially opened on the 24th October by the Mayor Alderman Victor Robinson and the Minister for the Department of the Environment, Alex Attwood MLA.
The project, originally conceived as the ‘Millennium Way’ in the late 1990’s, becomes part of National Cycle Network Route 93 and runs from Corr’s Corner to the shores of Belfast Lough at Whiteabbey. Keen pedestrians and cyclists are already making use of the path which will undoubtedly be a major attraction for both residents and visitors to the Borough.
Welcoming the completion of the final phases of the scheme the Mayor Alderman Victor Robinson, expressed his pride in the foresight shown by the Council and Sustrans when they first proposed the idea of a pathway that would link the Loughshore to Corr’s Corner.
’People using this path will have a fantastic experience. The route, which has been greatly enhanced by the addition of new bridges, has opened up access to what is an exceptionally beautiful area. The completion of this project is linked to a key theme in the Council’s Corporate Plan of encouraging and supporting healthier lifestyles. The path will provide the opportunity for people to walk, cycle and run, improve their health and well-being and socialise with others. With the majority of the path away from main roads, cyclists and pedestrians have a scenic, traffic free route for leisure and commuting purposes all the way from Corr’s Corner to the Loughshore path at Whiteabbey.’
The project was funded by the Council with major contributions from Big Lottery funding through Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The project provides an excellent network of walking and cycling routes through the urban part of the Borough.
Councillor Ken Robinson who has supported the scheme from the initial concept comments;
‘It’s wonderful to witness the completion of the project after so many years in the planning. It’s not just the local people who will enjoy the Newtownabbey Way, we are confident the path will attract many visitors from across Northern Ireland. Not only have we opened up the area and provided a fabulous route for walking and cycling, the path will also be a rich resource for biodiversity projects with our local schools.’
Claire Pollock, Sustrans Area Manager says;
‘The Newtownabbey Way is a great resource for the local community. We would encourage people to try using the path for their everyday trips to the shops and for their commute to work, as well as for enjoying a leisurely walk or cycle through the pleasant rural environment the route offers ’.
For more information on the path see