Castlewellan Forest Park - Moorish Tower Walk

Walking Route
The walk circumnavigates Castlewellan Lake.  A short steep climb uphill brings you to the Moorish Tower.

Distance:

3.2 miles

Start Point:

J335364

Finish Point:

J335364

Point of interest:

Moorish Tower, Castlewellan Lake

Nearest town:

Castlewellan

Getting to the start by public transport:

From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.

OS map:

Sheet 29

Terrain:

Moderate with some steep hills

Route:

Part of the new Castlewellan Walking Trails launched in November 2014, this trail is signposted from the Lakeside car park - follow the brown waymarkers.

Starting at the Lakeside Car Park, the trail follows the southern shore of the lake before winding steeply uphill.  A narrow track leads to the Moorish Tower now hidden in the trees.  When designed, this 'tea house' would have provided a fine vista across the Lake.  A steep descent leads back 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.

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.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

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