Castlewellan Forest Park - Lakeside Walk

Walking Route

This walk circumnavigates Castlewellan Lake providing good views of Slievenaslat and Castlewellan Castle.

The Green / Easy mountain bike trail also follows this trail, which is on well maintained wide forest paths and relatively flat.

Distance:

2.4 miles

Start Point:

J335364

Finish Point:

J335364

Point of interest:

Ice House, views of Castlewellan Castle

Nearest town:

Castlewellan

OS map:

Sheet 29

Terrain:

Easy

Route:

Part of the new Castlewellan Walking Trails launched in November 2014, this trail is signposted from the Lakeside car park - follow the green waymarkers.  This is also the Green / Easy mountain bike trail.

This relatively flat trail leads around Castlewellan Lake, a natural lake extended by the Annesley family early in the 19th centuary.  With excellent views across the lake and the surrounding woodland the trail passes close to the Ice House and the iconic Castle built in 1856. 

This is an 'Easy' walk suitable for most people in good health including those with limited mobility and some buggies.  Surfaces are even and consistent throughout. The gradient is relatively flat.

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.

Facilities:

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.

Accessible toilet facilities:

Yes

Accessible terrain:

Flat level paths

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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