Ulster Way A 625 mile (1000km) circular walking route in Northern Ireland

New Link Walk Lake Path Open at Castle Coole

Nov
3
2014

An extension to the Lake Walk at Castle Coole is now open, enhancing the outdoor experience for our walkers. With Castle Coole located on the edge of Enniskillen, it is a favourite spot for local walking enthusiasts and visitors from further afield.

The existing Lake Walk opened in 2009, bringing some of the history of the scenic estate back to life. The walk forms part of an original carriage drive around Lough Coole dating from the 18th century, and provides a number of beautiful vistas across the lake, allowing our visitors to take in breathtaking views of the mansion and surrounding countryside.

The new path connects the main visitor car park directly to the Lake Walk. The path is 600metres in length, and starts by gently meandering through woodland at the edge of the car park, eventually joining the Lake Walk next to the old boat house. The extension was created at a cost of £12,000, and was constructed by a local contractor with the assistance of the Castle Coole Ranger team and volunteers.

The route of the new pathway is located behind where the original Queen Anne House stood, which was built in 1709 predating the present Castle Coole mansion by 90 years. The path takes you through a picturesque area steeped in history, passing by the edge of the historic bowling green and sunken gardens with views of the Banjo Lake and ancient Rookery wood. Over the coming weeks a geophysical survey will be completed on the Queen Anne site, and we hope at some point during our development of the project to carry out an archaeological dig to uncover what lies below. Interpretation panels will be introduced to keep our visitors informed about the ongoing work.

The new link walk creates a hub for visitors at the main car park close to our visitor facilities, and will be the starting point for the Beech Walk, Gortgonnell and Lake Walk.

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