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Forest Parks and Country Parks

Stroll through uncrowded forests and woodlands full of wildlife, unusual trees and exotic shrubs, where you may spot a herd of docile deer, a lake, or a country fair.

For further details on Northern Ireland's forests and woods, visit the Forest Service website at www.nidirect.gov.uk/forests

21043_Castlewellan_Forest_ParkFor a walk on the wilder side, visit Castlewellan and Tollymore Forest Park both in the shadows of the Mourne Mountains, County Down. Castlewellan covers 460 hectares of natural beauty enhanced by diverse woodland and a variety of attractive man made features, all of which are accessible to the visitor on foot.




16530_Game_of_Thrones_-_Tollymore_Forest_ParkTollymore Forest Park takes in an area of almost 630 hectares and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at Newcastle. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

Crawfordsburn Country Park, County Down just outside Belfast has fabulous views across Belfast Lough. It hosts a golden beach that attracts thousands of bathers and sun worshippers throughout the summer. Take a walk up through the woodland and under a gigantic five arch railway viaduct to the beautiful waterfall. Among the trees and shrubs bordering the path are Alaskan Salmonberry plants, exotic relations of the raspberry. Their profusion of juicy orange berries in June are not only edible, but delicious!

17093_Cave_HillFor a look at Belfast Lough from a more panoramic angle, head to Cave Hill Country Park. There are many possibilities for walking on Cave Hill, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous climbs. There are five caves on the hill to be explored and MacArt's Fort. There are a number of sites of archaeological interest on the Hill, dating back to the Stone Age. These include several ringforts and a lake dwelling at Hazelwood.

 

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Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

Colin Glen Forest Park, Dunmurry, Belfast

Situated in the heart of West Belfast, Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful wooded river glen, consisting of 200 acres of scenic woodland, grassland, waterfalls and ponds with Outdoor Activity Centre & Multi Sports centre.

Carnfunnock Country Park, Ballygally, Larne

Packed full of fun family activities and attractions, Carnfunnock Country Park offers over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, way-marked walks and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.

Crom Estate For Walking, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

One of Ireland's most important conservation areas, Crom is home to a wealth of wildlife. Discover it whether you are fishing, woodland walking, butterfly spotting or bird watching.

Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast

Lagan Valley Regional Park is recognised as Northern Ireland's only Regional Park. It covers an area of 4,200 acres and extends 11 miles along both sides of the River Lagan between Stranmillis, Belfast to Union Locks, Lisburn.

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