GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Castlewellan Forest Park Walks

2 miles (4 km)

Enjoy a walk around Castlewellan Lake and Arboretum in County Down. The parkcontains the nationalArboretumof Northern Ireland with a variety of interesting specimens from all over the world. There is also a peace maze and the the Scottish baronial Castlewellan castle. It's a lovely place, with views towards the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside to enjoy. The park is also great for mountain biking with green, blue and red grade trailsto try.
To extend your exercise, just head to the south and visit the lovely Tollymore Forest Park. The expansive 1600 acre park contains an arboretum, the Shimna River and two forested hills known as the Drinns. You can also pick up the popular Trassey Track which will take you to a spectacular mountain pass.
Also nearby is the splendid Murlough Bay National Nature Reserve where there is a beautiful sand dune system, woodland trails and a wonderful beach.


BT31 9BU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Castlewellan Forest Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north and you could visit Drumkeeragh Forest near Ballynahinch. There's more fine woodland trails with the option of a climb to Slieve Croob where you can enjoy some wonderful views over the area. In Ballynahinch there's also the historic Montalto Estate. The estate includes an 18th century Georgian mansion surrounded by woodland, gardens and parkland.


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Parkland at Castlewellan Forest Park

Seat, Castlewellan Forest Park - - 1246470

This seat has a view across Castlewellan to the Mournes.

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Most of the casual strollers and the power walkers take the path around the lake. For those who continue west there is the commercial forest and some steep paths.

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The demesne is now Castlewellan forest park. It includes this lake and a path around its shore.

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Castlewellan Castle was built, in the Scottish baronial style, in 1856 for the Annesley family who owned the adjoining estate. It is now a conference centre.

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The path with the lake behind the trees on the right.

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Lake and path. Part of the northern shore of the lake lies within this square. The "black" waymarked pathgives excellent views over the lake and surrounding countryside. Castlewellan Lakeis on the left. The smaller Cypress Pond is at lower right. Part of the path, around the lake, can be seen to the left of the cleared forest middle/right.

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The path, in this square, to the south west of Slievenaslat, with the Mountain Lough almost invisible on the left.


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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