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Annalong Coastal Path

At the start of this walk take time to visit the Annalong Cornmill (open during summer months) situated at the picturesque Annalong Harbour. This shoreline walk takes in magnificient views of the Mourne Mountains.

County

Down

Distance

1.5 miles

OS Map

Mourne Outdoor Pursuits Map 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 Sheet 29

Nearest Town

Annalong Village

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Coastal

Terrain

Coastal path

Grid Reference (Start)

J378198

Grid Reference (End)

J378198

Point of Interest

Abundant sea and bird life

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Mournes

Route Description

From the car park at Corn Mill Quay, set off towards the Corn Mill and descend to the left beside the clucking millstream to the harbour built around a natural rocky cove. Follow the shore around to the left and continue past the houses and into the open countryside via the path.

Elegant views of the Mourne Mountains are to be had as the path winds its way along the rocky shore. Much of these rocks are Mourne granite, polished square cut granite blocks may often be seen on the shore, these have been washed round from the other side of the harbour where there is a granite cutting yard.

As the path reaches the bays of Arthur's Port and Springwell Port, birds such as curlew and oystercatcher may be seen foraging on the shore alongside redshank and herring gulls. These bays were bases in former times for fishing from the nearest dwellings. Watch out for playful seals popping their heads above the water in the bay.

Yawls were launched from the beach to reap the autumn herring harvest. The route then curves round the bay at Springwell Port and stops short of Mullartown point to the north and returns to Annalong village via the same route.

Getting to the Start

Take the A2 Newry to Newcastle road. As you pass through Annalong Village follow the signs to the Marine Park and Corn Mill. Bus service 408 from Newry.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. To be kept under control

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Facilities

Toilets at Marine Park and refreshments in the village.

Publication

Newry and Mourne walking guide

Publication Availability

Tel. Newry Tourist Office 028 3031 3170

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Rosaleen Linden 9 December, 2013 @ 23:32

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You can see our house from here 1 April, 2012 @ 16:38

The view of Slieve Donard, peering over Long Seefin, is spectacular as you round the bend to Arthur's port.A good alternative is to go up Springwell Lane, turn right then left up the Quarter Road to the top- along Head Road for 100m then down Mill Road and back to Annalong.Adds 2.5 miles to the walk but brings in a mountain view.

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