This wide flat linear trail is suitable for all abilities. The trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. As it is ‘multi-use’, as well as other walkers, expect horses and bikes and a range of other users. Follow the GREEN waymarker disks with the words 'Shore Trail' around the edge.
Distance:0.7 (one way) miles
Terrain:Smooth, flat and wide path
Point of interest:The Farm Yard, Strangford Lough and its associated wildlife
Facilities:Parking, toilets, tea rooms, bike shop, bike hire, specialist equipment hire including tandems, tag-a-longs, trikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters and a wheelchair tandem.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Publication:Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map
Publication availability:Available at Caslte Ward - various information points
Getting to the start by car:Parking for walkers 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.
Route:Starting in the Shore Car Park, this wide and flat trail follows the shore of Strangford Lough from the farm yard to Audley's Quay. Accessible to everyone, the trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. On reaching Audley's Quay, users should turn and retrace their steps back to the farm yard.
Expect other users on this trail traveling in both directions. This may include -
- Cyclists of all abilities
- A range of bikes including tandems, trikes, and bikes with tag a long trailers behind
- Wheelchair users and mobility scooters
KEEP LEFT on this trail at all times
* Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. Please see the link below for details *
Accessible terrain:This is an all ability trail.
As such it is -
- Wide - up to 1.5m at all times
- Flat at all times
It has -
- No physical barriers
- Good lines of sight at all times
Accessible signage:There are green circular waymarker discs fixed to vertical posts throughout the route. These are marked with the words 'Shore Trail' around the edge. The end of the Shore Trail is clearly marked at Audleys Quay
Getting to the start by public transport:There is a bus stop on the road at the main entrance to Castle Ward (Route number 16E). From the main entrance to Castle Ward, follow the signs to the Shore Car Park where there is an information panel and map.
Getting to the start on foot:From the main entrance to Castle Ward, follow the signs to the Shore Car Park where there is an information panel and map.