Locality: Newry

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

Navigate the Website>>> Things to See and Do
Visits to the Website426
Starting fromCastle Ward
Overview

'We have just opened a 21 mile (34km) network of new multi-use trails ... The National Trust offers five walking trails, which are part of an off-road shared-use trail system for walkers, cyclists and horse riders at Castle Ward ... Walkers must follow the waymarkers and the direction indicated at all times. For everyone's safety, cyclists will travel in one direction and horse riders will travel in the opposite direction. We recommend all users to 'Hail a Horse' - speak to the horse rider, this will help reassure the horse ...'

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County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1009

www.outdoorni.com/local-outdoors/venues/castlewellan-forest-park/

Visits to the Website303
Size (acreage)1100
Starting fromCastlewellan Forest Park
Overview

'The forest park has a 7.5 mile (12 kilometers) walk trail network featuring breath-taking views to the Mourne Mountains as well as some of the oldest and rarest existing trees in the British Isles ...'

See also

Brand new walking trails open at Castlewellan [Discover Northern Ireland]

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record568

www.ufrc-online.co.uk/clubs/down-danderers-rambling-club/

Visits to the Website302
Starting fromBallynahinch
Overview

'Founded in 1989 and is based at Ballynahinch in the heart of Down. This is a very active club with a preponderance of women walkers. Down Danderers is a friendly welcoming group with a huge reservoir of knowledge on walking in Co.Down. Groups of 30 members and upwards are frequent on midweek walks, and during summer months numbers have exceeded 60.'

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record627

www.gaponorth.co.uk

Visits to the Website208
Starting fromJonesborough
Overview

'We walk every second Sunday starting from the Gap o' the North pub in Jonesborough at 10am. There is a strong local focus on the Cooleys and the Ring of Gullion with occasional trips to the Mournes and further afield. As far as possible we try to combine each walk with some local knowledge of history or archaeological sites and interpretation of landscape to show farming and community development over the centuries.'

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record392

www.kilbroneyramblers.com

Visits to the Website410
Overview

'This Group was formed on 24th April 2013 ... Members come from the South Down, South Armagh area, specifically Rathfriland, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and Newry. We also have members from Dundalk, Drogheda and Navan.'

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1277

www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/Mourne-International-Walking-Festival

Visits to the Website323
Starting fromWarrenpoint
Overview

Held Late June.

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record584

www.mourneramblers.org.uk

Visits to the Website358
Overview

'We are the Mourne Rambling Group, a hill walking club providing 2 or 3 levels of walks every Sunday in the Mourne mountains ... However, please note, we are a hill walking club and you must be fit enough to walk hills and not just on the flat.'

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record745

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/murlough/things-to-see-and-do/

Visits to the Website281
Starting fromDundrum
Overview

'Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland's first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record510

www.ringofgullion.org/Trails---Maps/Walking.aspx

Visits to the Website473
Overview

'The Ring of Gullion offers walking routes to suit every ability from the novice/pleasure walker to the most experienced of hikers. Walks range from 1 mile woodland trails to the 36 mile Ring of Gullion Waymarked Way.'

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record649

www.nidirect.gov.uk/rostrevor-forest

Visits to the Website212
Size (acreage)4200
Starting fromRostrevor
Overview

'There are three waymarked trails, which vary in length from two kilometres to seven kilometres, and take the visitor to various areas within the Forest to enjoy the many magnificent views and beautiful woodland.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record502

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rowallane-garden/

Visits to the Website319
Starting fromRowallane Garden, Saintfield
Overview

'Carved from the County Down landscape, the garden has grown from the 19th century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision helped create a place where you can leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in nature's beauty. The gardens are a mix of formal and informal spaces with many unusual vistas and unique plants from across the world. The trees, plants and shrubs range in ages, size and colour and create a spectacle throughout the year.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record646

www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/slieve-gullion-forest-park

Visits to the Website196
Size (acreage)2500
Starting fromSlieve Gullion
Overview

'For the walker there is a route that leads on the top of Slieve Gullion Mountain, where a passage grave, cairn and volcanic lake can be found. For the less energetic a leisurely walk around the walled garden is a must, as is a 2km walk through the mostly broadleaf mature woodland.' Note that this Link has been changed from the original Site referenced.

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record424

www.newrymournedown.org/newry_mourne_and_down_district_council_tourism_strategy

Visits to the Website546
Overview

'This is a truly beautiful area - a land of great contrast and diversity. Few areas of similar extent can show such a variety of landforms, topography, human history and such a bold contrast of mountains, lowlands.' Alert The Website for 'South Armagh Tourism' no longer seems available, so I have referenced pro tem some details of the Tourism Strategy for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record829

www.nidirect.gov.uk/tollymore-forest-park

Visits to the Website224
Size (acreage)1560
Starting fromBryansford
Overview

'Four waymarked trails of varying lengths take the visitor on a tour of the park's most beautiful areas. These trails follow a circular route and are sign posted from the information board in the main car park. Strong footwear is recommended. The Mourne Way/Ulster Way crosses through the Forest.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record569

www.weebinnians.com

Visits to the Website199
Starting fromNewry
Overview

'To become a Wee Binnian member, you must be over 18 years, have a level of fitness suitable to the demands of the sport and who accept the aims and objectives of the Club ... All our walks are on mountain terrain and involve climbing mountains of 700 metres (2300 feet) or more in height, over a distance of 10 kilometres. A good level of fitness is required as none of our walks can be regarded as suitable for beginners to hill walking.'

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record326

www.weebinnians.com

Navigate the Website>>> Walking Festival
Visits to the Website751
Starting fromNewry
Overview

Held Late September.

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record1027

www.walkni.com/walks/0/lecale-way/

Visits to the Website279
Distance (miles)40
Starting fromDownpatrick
Overview

'Extends from the heart of Downpatrick, taking in Strangford Lough and finishing in the seaside resort of Newcastle ... An entrance fee to Castle Ward applies.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record783

enjoythemournes.com

Visits to the Website420
Starting fromThe Mourne Mountains
Overview

'The Mournes, the best-known mountains in Ireland. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & the most picturesque in Ireland with cosy villages & busy towns. The magic Mournes will leave walkers smiling with generous walk ways, unrivalled views & friendly people ...'

Description from

Enjoy the Mournes

See also

Mourne Mountains [WalkNI]

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record732

www.walkni.com/walks/194/mourne-way/

Visits to the Website302
Distance (miles)26
Starting fromNewcastle
Overview

'This route is almost entirely off road, traversing the foothill of the Mourne Mountains from Newcastle to Rostrevor on Carlingford Lough. The Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique, largely granite landscape shaped by ice and man, with stunning vistas of coast, sea and countryside.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record637

www.walkni.com/walks/325/newcastle-way/

Visits to the Website423
Distance (miles)28
Starting fromNewcastle
Overview

'This two-day, circular route offers a perfect snapshot of life in rural County Down. The lowland terrain makes it accessible to all fit walkers, while the combination of forest trails, quiet, undulating country lanes and a long, golden Newcastle Beach ensures constant scenic diversity. All set within striking distance of Newcastle's traditional, seaside-resort hospitality.'

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record798

www.walkni.com/walks/46/ring-of-gullion-way/

Visits to the Website541
Distance (miles)38
Starting fromNewry
Overview

'This circular route follows off-road trails, quiet country lanes and forest tracks from Newry around the volcanic landscape of the Ring of Gullion AONB. '

Walks described here by
County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record991

www.niwater.com/the-silent-valley-trails.aspx

Navigate the Website>>> Silent Valley Walking Trails [PDF]
Visits to the Website549
Starting fromSilent Valley Reservoir
Overview

'The Silent Valley Reservoir was built to gather water from the Mourne Mountains and is the main water supply source for most of County Down and a large part of Belfast.'

Description from

Northern Ireland Water

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record905

www.newryandmourne.org.uk/leisure/Activities/Walking/Poets_Trail.aspx

Visits to the Website419
Distance (miles)8
Starting fromCreggan
Overview

'During the last great age of Irish Literature in the 18th Century, the Ring of Gullion was famed for its strong association with "fili agus filíocht" (poets and poetry), with all the major poets coming from this area. Their remains can be found in Creggan Church and graveyard in Slieve Gullion, which is known as the poet's graveyard. There are three waymarked trails, for walking or cycling, around Mullaghbane, Forkhill and Creggan, collectively titled The Poet's Trail, along which you can visit locations associated with these bards and find out more about them.' Note that Newry & Mourne District Council has been absorbed into Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

County (Historic)
Views of 'Full' Record642

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