Navigating the Upper Bann
The upper River Bann enters Lough Neagh approximately 2km southeast of Coney Island flat.
The upper River Bann enters Lough Neagh approximately 2km southeast of Coney Island flat. The entrance to the river mouth is not properly marked or maintained and should not be attempted without local knowledge. The site of the now defunct Bann Ferry is located nearby.
From the Bann Ferry jetties, the river meanders through the open meadows of its flood plain, arriving 9.6km upstream at the M1 motorway bridge. Once through the bridge, the river becomes more enclosed. Shillington Quay is located 5km south in the heart of Portadown.
Just upstream from Shillington is the Point of Whitecoat where the Newry Canal and River Cusher join the upper Bann. The Bann is navigable for only another 0.8km beyond this point. The Newry Canal is navigable for 1.6km by dinghy from the Point to Moneypenny Lock. The lock is in remarkable condition for its age.
© Michael Savage. Reproduced with kind permission of the River Bann and Lough Neagh Association