This walking trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then through Audley's wood before returning to the farmyard on the minor Audleystown Road. This trail leads through fields where there may be livestock.
Follow the PINK waymarker disks with the words 'Castle Trail' around the edge.
Terrain:Off road level path & minor road
Point of interest:The Farm Yard, Audley's Castle & Castle Ward House.
Facilities:Car park, toilets, tea room, bike hire, gift shop, book shop
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Publication:Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map
Publication availability:Guide and Map available from Castle Ward - various information points. Map also available to download on this page.
Getting to the start by car:Parking for walkers is in the Shore Car Park within Castle Ward Demesne. The car park is clearly signed from the main entrance drive. There is an information panel and map in the Shore Car Park.
Route:Starting in the Shore Car Park, this circular trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then around Audley's Castle through the surrounding woodland. On reaching the Audleystown Road, turn left and follow this minor road back to the Farm Yard.
Expect other users on the trails - including a range of walkers and horses.
The off road section of this trail has an even surface throughout.
The road section is along a minor road.
Please ensure all gates are closed after passing through. Many of these enclose livestock.
Users MUST follow the direction of travel as indicated by the waymarkers – this will enable you to see oncoming users, especially horses (where trails are multi use).
* Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. Please see the link below for details *
Accessible terrain:The first part of this trail along the shore to Audleys Quay is suitable for all abilities. After this point the trail has some steeper gradients and gates to open and close. The road section includes some gradual ascents and descents.
Accessible signage:There are pink circular waymarker discs fixed to vertical posts throughout the route. These are marked with the words 'Castle Trail' around the edge.
Getting to the start by public transport:There is a bus stop on the road at the main entrance to Castle Ward (Route number 16E). From the main entrance to Castle Ward, follow the signs to the Shore Car Park where there is an information panel and map.
Getting to the start on foot:From the main entrance to Castle Ward, follow the signs to the Shore Car Park where there is an information panel and map.