Cuilcagh Way - Walk 5 Florence Court Forest Trail

Walking Route

Weave your way through the Florence Court Forest Park before reaching the rolling Marlbank Hills with their species rich grassland and exposed rocky outcrops of limestone. Marked purple on the attached map. The Cuilcagh Way is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

Distance:

4.5 miles

Start Point:

H177349

Finish Point:

H120336

Point of interest:

Florence Court House, Gortmaconnell Rock

Nearest town:

Enniskillen

Getting to the start by car:

Florence Court Forest Trail, Florence Court House car park.

Follow the A32 from Enniskillen. Florence Court is fully signposted from the road.

OS map:

Sheet 26 (1:50 000)

Terrain:

gravel track, country road

Route:

The Cuilcagh Way is a waymarked route that stretches for 33km through a breath taking patchwork of habitats in southern Fermanagh. The route can be walked in sections and provides stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology and natural history: enough to whet anyone’s appetite for adventure. When starting your walk from the carpark (Florencecourt Court Visitor Centre car park 1: National Trust charge entrance to this carpark) follow the Florence Court waymarked red trail, for the next few kilometres it takes you along narrow tracks which twist and turn and undulating course past mixed deciduous woodland crossing the Larganess River in several places. As you reach the edge of the forest you will pick up the trail sign for the Cuilcagh Way (Florence Court Forest Trail). It weaves its way through forests alive with a wide variety of wildlife, birds and plants before sauntering around the foothills of the Marlbank karst region, (an area of limestone with characteristic weathering both above and below ground.) Added to these surrounding are corridors of lofty trees, dynamic rivers, rambling stone field walls, a rich treasury of wild flowers and a unique density of rustic farmsteads. The terrain consists of forestry tracks, field paths, moorland paths and country road. There are no significant climbs but along the western section of the trek there are some splendid views of Cuilcagh Mountain and the surrounding Marlbank hills. Attractions along the way include Gortmaconnell rock a knoll-shaped hill rising out of the green meadows with its craggy white slopes stark in the sunlight. This route description is written as if you are starting the walk from the Florence Court National Trust car park 1. Highlight of the walk The Florence Court Forest trail is a way marked linear route that passes through quite isolated areas of coniferous forestry before traversing over a patchwork of farmland to join a quaint country road. It is a peaceful route through soothing landscapes, with the constantly changing scenery growing more majestic every mile.

Facilities:

Tearooms, shop, picnic area, playground, and toilets are all available in Florence Court Estate

Accessible terrain:

Farmland path, gravel tracks and country road

Accessible signage:

Way marked along the whole route

Publication:

Cuilcagh Way Booklet

Publication availability:

Available from Marble Arch Caves or Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre
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