Walking

  • The Poets Trail - Creggan Loop

    The moderate walk derives its name from the famous South Armagh Poets, Art McCumhaigh, Patrick MacAliondain and Seamus Mor MacMurphy. It passes through Creggan Churchyard, O'Neill Burial Vault and Roches Castle.

    Location: This walk starts at Creggan Churchyard where the poets are buried and covers a distance of 8 miles. Follow signs out of Newry for Camlough then signs for Crossmaglen. Continue toward Crossmaglen until you reach a sign for Creggan. Turn left and continue for approximately 250 yards until you reach Creggan Parish Church on the Right Hand Side.

    Facilities: Parking at Lay-by next to Church.

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  • The Poets Trail - Forkhill Loop

    This moderate walk derives it name from the famous South Armagh Poets, Art McCumhaigh, Patrick MacAliondain and Seamus Mor MacMurphy. This walk offers stunning views of Slieve Gullion Mountain and covers a distance of 6 miles taking approximately 3 hours to complete.

    Location: This walk starts at the Welcome Inn at Forkhill and covers a distance of 6 miles. From Newry follow signs for Dundalk, at first roundabout take a second turn to Forkhill - B113. At Forkhill, turn left over bridge and park along Main Street.

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  • The Poets Trail - Ballykeel Loop

    This moderate walk derives it name from the famous South Armagh Poets, Art McCumhaigh, Patrick MacAliondain and Seamus Mor MacMurphy. This walk begins at the Ti Chulainn Cultural Centre in Mullaghbawn and takes in the magnificent views of Slieve Gullion. You will also pass by Cloverhill Golf Club.

    Location: This walk begins at Ti Chulainn Cultural Centre and covers a distance of 8 miles taking approximately 4 hours.

    Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Pay Phone, Refreshments.

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  • Lough Shannagh

    This is a difficult walk with steep paths and loose underfoot in dry weather. The walk takes its name from the Lough, which as formed at the summit of Slieve Lough Shannagh, Lake of the Foxes. The walk takes you into the heart of the Mourne Mountains. The mountain overlooking Lough Shannagh is Doan, known locally as Poverty Mountain, the rocks of the face of the mountain spell out the letters POV.

    Location: This walk begins at the Gamekeepers Lodge Equestrian Centre. From Hilltown follow the B27 toward Kilkeel. Road on Left Hand Side after the Gamekeepers Lodge is starting point for walk.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Cranfield - Greencastle - Millbay

    This easy moderate walk follows the shore west from the holiday centre of Cranfield to the Village of Greencastle and inland to the Village of Millbay. This walk is easy but the beach in places can be rocky or loose underfoot and cannot be passed at high tide. It takes in the Resort Sea Side Award of Cranfield, the National Trust area of Green Island- famous for bird watching- and Greencastle Castle.

    Location: This walk starts from Cranfield Resort Sea Side Award. From Kilkeel follow the brown signs for Cranfield. From Cranfield car park follow the shore to Greencastle then inland to Millbay. This is a circular route of approximately 5 miles taking 3 hours to complete.

    Facilities: Parking, Disabled Parking Refreshments, Toilets, Disabled Toilets, Pay Phone.

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  • Blue Lough

    This walk provides an easy introduction to the Mourne Mountains. It gives the walker a mountain atmosphere whilst following gentle gradients and marked ways. It may be possible to see Peregrine Falcons, skylarks and the white-rumped wheatear.

    Location: This walk begins at Carrick Little car park located on the Head Road. To get there, follow the B27 from Kilkeel to Hilltown. The walk is approximately 5 mile and takes 3 hours to complete.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Slieve Martin

    This is a pleasant circular walk that affords fine views of Carlingford Lough, County Louth and the Kingdom of Mourne. Slieve Martin also offers views of the Narrow water Castle built in Norman Times.

    Location: This walk begins at the high car park in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor. From Rostrevor follow the A2 to Kilkeel. The walk is approximately 2.5 miles and takes about 2 hours to complete.

    Facilities: Parking, Disabled Parking, Refreshments, Toilets, Disabled Toilets, Pay Phone, Caravan and Camping, Picnic area, tennis courts.

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  • Slieve Binnian

    Slieve Binnian has a very rugged crest of rocky tors, which makes it easy to identify in views around the Mourne Mountains. The summit tor is bare granite; the back castles area is a line of smaller tors. The north tor is one last big up-thrust of granite before the slopes fall away to a pronounced gap. This walk takes you past the Mourne Wall which in place is 8ft high and 3ft wide and which took over 18 years to complete.

    Location: This walk begins at Carrick Little car park located on the Head Road. To get there, follow the B27 from Kilkeel to Hilltown. In the summer months this can be accessed via the Mourne Rambler bus service. This walk is approximately 7 miles and takes 4 hours to complete.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Rocky Mountain

    An outlying dome of the Mountains of Mourne which includes a stretch of the Ulster Way and takes in Shanky's River, Tievedockaragh, Yellow Water River, Castle Bog, Pierces Castle and Tornamrock. It offers walkers spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains whilst winding your way through Batts Estate past wild heather, bracken, bilberry and rosebay willow herb. Look out for the Peregrine Falcons.

    Location: This walk begins at Leitrim Lodge, from Hilltown take the B27 to Kilkeel, after approximately 2.5 miles take a right turn at the crossroads and follow the road for Rostrevor. This circular walk is 7 miles and lasts about 4 hours.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Rostrevor to Deers Meadow - Ulster Way

    This is a strenuous walk and requires previous walking/hiking experience and navigational skills. This route follows the forest tracks northward and alongside the Kilbroney River and Yellow Water River. The path also passes a large boulder, which once served as a Mass Rock for worship during the Penal Times. It then carries onto the Windy Gap, Eagle Mountain and Slievemoughanmore.

    Location: This walk begins at the car park in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor. From Rostrevor travel along the A2 to Kilkeel, the entrance to Kilbroney is on your Left Hand Side. This walk is approximately 13 miles and takes 8 hours to complete. Previous hiking and navigational skills are essential.

    Facilities: Parking, Disabled Parking, Refreshments, Toilets, Disabled Toilets, Pay Phone, Caravan and Camping, Picnic area, tennis courts, children's play area.

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  • Silent Valley

    This walk is around the area immediately below the Silent Valley Dam and has been landscaped to provide pleasant surroundings. Silent Valley Dam took 10 years to complete with work beginning in 1932 and captures the waters of the Kilkeel River and Annalong River. The Mourne Wall surrounds the area. A shuttle bus runs regularly throughout the summer months, ferrying people from the car park to the top dam.

    Location: Located on the Head Road, from Kilkeel take the B27 toward Hilltown. This walk is an easy family walk, which covers a distance of 1.5 mile.

    Facilities: Parking, Refreshments, Toilets, Information Centre

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  • Canal Towpath - Way Marked Way

    This route follows the towpath of the now disused Newry Canal. Built in 1792 this canal was the first summit level canal in the British Isles. The route is 32km long and takes you past 13 lock gates and the villages of Scarva, Poyntzpass and Jerrettspass. There is a leaflet to accompany the walk which is available from Newry Tourist Information Centre.

    Location: This walk begins at WIN Industrial Estate on Canal Quay in Newry.

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