Castlewellan Forest Park - Annesley Garden Walk

Walking Route
Beginning at Castlewellan Lake this trail journeys through the Annesley Garden, National Arborteum and takes in a variety of Lakes and Ponds within the forest.

PUBLIC NOTICE from Mourne Heritage Trust:

There are a number of forestry operations planned for September – December 2016 within Castlewellan Forest Park. Diversions will be in place during the week but will be kept to a minimum on the weekends. The areas affected will be:

Moorish Tower Walk will be closed for approx. 8 weeks from October.
Annesley Garden Walk will be partially closed for approx. 3 weeks.
Sections of Slievenaslat Walk will be closed for approx.. 3 weeks.
Other sections of trail may be affected during this time.

Please follow directions and use caution at all times as there will be increased traffic within the park.


2.2 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Annesley Gardens, National Arborteum, Mitchell's Lake

Nearest town:


Getting to the start by public transport:

From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.

OS map:

Sheet 29


Moderate with some steep hills


Starting in the Lakeside Car Park, follow the waymarkers along Lime Avenue until reaching the Annesley Garden and National Arboretum.  You can then choose a short route back (1.1 mile total) or further explore the Park (2.2 mile total) by continuing uphill to circle the Duck Pond and Mitchell's Lake before returning on the wide, even path down the hill to the lake shore. 

This is a 'Moderate' walk suitable for those with a good standard of fitness. The surface is variable but stable, may be slightly uneven and include loose material.  It includes some steep climbs and descents.

This walk is situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.


Car park (fee charged), café, toilets (disabled access), picnic areas, The Peace Maze, Activity Centre, lecture room/ classroom, camping & caravaning, orienteering route, mountain bike trails.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

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