Bunkers Hill Walk & Play Trail

Walking Route
Bunkers Hill is a small, recently felled forest at the edge of Castlewellan Town.  Developed in October 2014 this short circular trail is suitable for walking and family cycling only and incorporates 3 panoramic viewpoints.  

It is complemented by a Natural Play Trail for children aged between 4 and 11 years. The Play Trail is the first of its kind in Castlewellan and is made almost entirely out of natural materials.  It includes basket swings, a lookout tower, amphitheatre and seats as well as a bespoke climbing wall.

Distance:

1.2 miles

Start Point:

J345 358

Finish Point:

J345 358

Point of interest:

Mourne Mountains, Play Trail

Nearest town:

Castlewellan

Getting to the start by car:

Please note: there is no car parking onsite.

From the Main Street in Castlewellan town centre, drive onto Upper Square which borders a car park (there are public toilets available here). From Upper Square turn left or right (depending on the direction of travel) onto Circular Road - Castlewellan Community Centre is signposted from here. Travelling in a straight direction the road becomes 'Bunkers Hill'. On the left there is an Irish-speaking school called Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche. The entrance to Bunkers Hill is directly after this on the left.

OS map:

29

Terrain:

Gravel path

Route:

The walking and family cycling trail starts and finishes at the Play Trail and is fully signposted. Opposite the Play Trail entrance walkers turn right and follow the waymarkers along the trail as it climbs steadily to afford walkers 3 stunning views of Slieve Croob and surrounding countryside, Dundrum Bay and Mourne Mountains.  Seating has been provided at various points along the trail for your comfort and to stop and enjoy the views!

Facilities:

Natural Play Trail located at the start of the trail

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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