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Tollymore Forest Park - River Trail

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Tollymore Forest Park - River Trail

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Having descended the Azalea Walk to the Shimna River, the trail turns upstream along the attractive tree lined river bank past the Hermitage to cross the river at Parnell's Bridge. The 10 metre cascade fall is most spectacular.

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Follow the red waymarker arrows from the car park. Down the Azalea Walk towards the Shimna river to the Hermitage this trail passes through both conifer and broadleaved woodland before crossing the Shimna at Parnell’s bridge. Dramatic views of the Pot of Legawherry can be seen from the trail. There is an optional spur to the White Fort Cashel before following the Spinkwee River downstream, past the cascades and back to the Meeting of the Waters. The trail proceeds through conifer plantations, past the duck pond and crosses the Shimna River over the Old Bridge, returning to the car park via the Green Rig. Trail Features Steps, gullies, tree roots Moderate gradient (1:4) Generally undefined edges Overhanging branches Broken surface material Some rest areas at irregular intervals Way-finding markers at trail junctions Distance to go Markers at trail junctions 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.

3.1 miles

Easy off-road paths

Point of interest:
Shimna River, the Hermitage, Parnell's Bridge, the Cascades

Car park (fee charged), toilets (disabled access), picnic areas, camping and caravaning, electronic 'In-Touch' information kiosk, way-marked/ nature trails, guided tours available.


Nearest town:

OS map:
Sheet 29

Accessible toilet facilities:

Accessible terrain:
Unsurfaced forest paths


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  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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