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Castlewellan Forest Park - Slievenaslat Walk

Co Down
Castlewellan Forest Park - Slievenaslat Walk

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This steep climb through the forest provides a series of viewpoints offering panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains and surrounding drumlin landscape of Co Down.

Start Point:
J335364

Finish Point:
J335364

Route:
Part of the new Castlewellan Walking Trails launched in November 2014, this trail is signposted from the Lakeside car park - follow the yellow waymarkers. Starting at the Lakeside Car Park, follow the north side of the lake before starting the steep climb to the summit of Slievenaslat (272 metres).  Openings within the forest and the summit itself provide panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains and the drumlin landscape of Co.Down before commencing your descent. The most strenuous walk in the Park, this trail is rocky in places with steep gradients and numerous steps both up and down. Variable and uneven trail surfaces are present including large loose material including rocks and roots. This walk is 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.

Distance:
2.7 miles

Terrain:
Strenuous including steep climbs

Point of interest:
Views of the Mourne Mountains, Castlewellan Castle, lake and gardens

Facilities:
Car park (fee charged), café, toilets (disabled access), picnic areas, The Peace Maze, Activity Centre, lecture room/ classroom, camping & caravaning, orienteering route, mountain bike trails.

Nearest town:
Castlewellan

OS map:
Sheet 29

Accessible toilet facilities:
Yes

Accessible terrain:
Level paths, steep in places, last section to hill summit narrow and rocky in places

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Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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