Gosford Forest Park

Walking Route

The Trail is marked by green discs mounted on wooden posts and directs you initially through the archway at the old gate houses before going towards the arboretum. Here you pass under towering specimen trees where huge branches plunge towards the ground, then sweep majestically up to the sky again. Once out of the arboretum cross Castle Avenue, which leads to the privately owned Gosford Castle. Be aware of two-way vehicle traffic at this point and be prepared to stop.

Just past Greer's Fort the way markers direct you onto the first section of single track. Test your off-road skills between the trunks and over the roots of broadleaves and conifers. On the final leg of the journey the deer park and rare breed enclosures add interest before arriving back at the car park for a well earned rest.

These cycle trails are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start: Gosford Forest Park is located just beside the town of Markethill directly off the main Armagh to Newry A28 route. The entrance to the Forest Park is signposted for traffic approaching from both directions.

Traffic: May encounter Forest Service vehicles or timber lorries en route. Be aware that horses and ponies may be encountered where the designated trekking route crosses the family cycle trail.


4 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Greer's Fort
The Old Gate Lodges
Conservation Lodge
Red Deer Enclosure
Rare Breeds of Cattle and Sheep

Nearest town:


OS map:



Single track gravel surfaced roads through Forest Park


The route is wel signposted from the car park and around the trail.

These walks are 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 available in the Forest Park include car & coach parking and fully accessible toilets. Caravan and camping facilities are available on site - open from 17 March to 31 October. Advance booking is strongly recommended, especially at Bank Holiday weekends and during school holiday periods - tel: 028 3755 1277

Accessible toilet facilities:


Accessible terrain:

Unsurfaced forest paths


Gosford Forest Park Family Cycling Trail Card – www.cycleni.com

Accessibility information:

Disbled access parking for cars, coaches and minibuses is available

Publication availability:


Getting to the start by public transport:

Signposted from Markethill.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

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