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Castle Ward Boundary Trail
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Starting in the Shore Car Park, this circular trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then around Audley's Castle through the surrounding woodland.

After crossing the Audleystown Road, looking out for vehicles travelling in both directions, the trail leads firstly through some woodland before leading through West Park - an area of historic farmland. Back into the woodland at Mallard Plantation, the trail branches left on a great section of singletrack descent.

After crossing Downpatrick Ave and a short 100m section on road (again look out for vehicles) the trail leads left into Tullyratty, an area of farmland designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), due to the species rich grassland.

Back into the woodland of Mountain Wood, follow the singletrack trail to Base Camp. After crossing the bridge continue on more singletrack meandering through woods and fields to reach the main entrance to the property.

Cross with caution and look out for vehicles travelling in both directions.

Continue on through the historic grounds of Windmill Plantation and cross Church Walk with a view of Castle Ward house to the left. The trail then leads down through the Deer Park on the final singletrack descent to Strangford Avenue and the Shore Car Park. Again look out for other users and vehicles where you join Strangford Ave.

The trail is suitable for competent cyclists and walkers - expect other users on the trails - walkers on the singletrack sections and horses and walkers on the wider multi use sections.

This trail has an even surface throughout and is narrow in places, with some steeper gradients and numerous gates to open and close.

Please ensure all gates are closed after passing through. Many of these enclose livestock.

Please do not take dogs with you while cycling as this may disturb or upset livestock.

Users MUST follow the direction of travel as indicated by the waymarkers – this will enable you to see oncoming users, especially horses (where trails are multi use).

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start: Parking for cyclists is in the Shore Car Park within Castle Ward Demesne. The car park is clearly signed from the main entrance drive. There is an information panel and map in the Shore Car Park.

Traffic: There is a road crossing on the minor Audleystown Road after leaving Audleys Castle. There is a short 100m road section on Downpatrick Ave after leaving Mallard Plantation. The final ares where traffic may be encountered in at the crossing of the main entrance drive at Ballyculter Gate Lodge.

Route

Starting in the Shore Car Park, this circular trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then around Audley's Castle through the surrounding woodland.

After crossing the Audleystown Road, looking out for traffic coming in both directions, the trail leads firstly through some woodland before leading through West Park - an area of historic farmland. Back into the woodland at Mallard Plantation, the trail narrows and branches left. Look out for cyclists on singletrack sections such as this.

After crossing Downpatrick Ave and a short 100m section on road, the trail leads left into Tullyratty an area of farmland designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), due to the species rich grassland. Back into the woodland of Mountain Wood, follow the singletrack trail to Base Camp. After crossing the bridge continue on more singletrack meandering through woods and fields to reach the main entrance to the property. Cross with caution and look out for vehicles travelling in both directions.

Continue on through the historic grounds of Windmill Plantation and cross Church Walk with a view of Castle Ward house to the left. The trail then leads down through the Deer Park on the final singletrack descent to Strangford Avenue and the Shore Car Park. Again look out for other users and vehicles where you join Strangford Ave.

The trail is suitable for competent cyclists and walkers - expect other users on the trails - cyclists on the singletrack sections and horses and cyclists on the wider multi use sections.

This trail has an even surface throughout and is narrow in places, with some steeper gradients and numerous gates to open and close.

Please ensure all gates are closed after passing through. Many of these enclose livestock.

Users MUST follow the direction of travel as indicated by the waymarkers – this will enable you to see oncoming users, especially horses (where trails are multi use)

 

* Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. Please see the link below for details *

Distance

8.1

Terrain

The trail has an even surface throughout. A mix of wide, flat paths and narrow, twisting singletrack. Two road crossings and a short 100m (max.) section on public road.

Point of interest

Historical built heritage including the Farm Yard, Audley's Castle & Castle Ward House.

Natural heritage including Strangford Lough, areas of farmland and woodland.

Facilities

Car park, toilets, gift shop, tea room, bike hire, book shop

Publication

Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map

Publication availability

Available from Castle Ward - various information points

Facilities

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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