Castlewellan Forest Park, Lake Path & Family Cycling Trail

Walking Route

This path circumnavigates Castlewellan Lake providing good views of Slievenaslaat and Castlewellan Castle.

The Family Cycling route follows this path, which is on well maintained wide forest paths and mostly flat.


2.5 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Ice House, sculptures, views of Castle, Autumn Wood

Nearest town:


OS map:

Sheet 29




From the car park, cross the driveway, (beware of traffic). Proceed along the trail to the lake. The path continues around the lake and is clearly marked with a blue arrow.

Trail features -

No steps or gullies

Slight gradient (1:12 max)

Edges generally defined

No overhanging branches

Firm surface with some loose material

Rest areas generally every 300m

Way-finding markers every 300m

Distance 'To Go' markers every 300m

The Family Cycling Trail is marked by green disks with a white bicycle in the middle.

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.

This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see link below for Disabled Ramblers NI in Castlewellan Forest Park.


Car park (charge), café, toilets (disabled access), lecture room/classroom, picnic areas, camping & caravaning, orienteering route, guided tours available

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

Flat level paths


Leaflets on Castlewellan & Tollymore Forest Parks,
Family Cycling Trail Card

Publication availability:

Both downloadable from this website or from the Park Offices

Getting to the start by public transport:

From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre
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