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Nugent's Wood

Once part of the Nugent's Estate and now managed by The National Trust, this gentle walk is through a mature wood of mixed broad leaved trees. Visitors will enjoy spectacular views across the Strangford Narrows, towards Audleys Castle and Castleward. Nugent's Wood is home to Red Squirrels, badgers and has an impressive display of spring flowers such as bluebells, stitchwort and honey suckle.




1 miles

OS Map

OSNI Sheet 21, Strangford Lough.

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Route Shape


Route Type



Grassy Tracks, moderate incline

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Point of Interest

Views of Strangford Lough, Red Squirels and spring flowers.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Strangford Lough

Route Description

Pass through the kissing gate and follow the grassy path parallel to the shore and through the trees. A short loop at the far end rejoins the main path to retrace your steps back to the car park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

A public car park is situated beside the Exploris Aquarium. From here, walk towards the seafront and turn right. The entrance to Nugent's Wood is behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses.


Public toilets at the carpark. There are several popular cafes, restaurants and pubs in Portaferry.



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Ratings and Comments

Taise 9 December, 2018 @ 12:13

I really enjoyed this walk the views are beautiful and even though it is December there's lots of wildlife about. I loved seeing the little wooden sculptures..

Wonderful little walk..

Frank Murphy 15 June, 2016 @ 00:20

My wife and I had a wonderful walk thro here today with our young grandson. Mature hardwoods in great numbers and a profusion of late spring flowers- even a few bluebells still lingering on. Unfortunately the amount of dogdirt was a problem at times and I was very disappointed to see a woman of mature years with 2 dogs making no attempt to clean up after her labrador left a large pile right in the middle of the grassy path. Indeed she hared off at a great rate when she saw us coming along. Verdict: great place to go but mind where you walk

Tomasz Ciesielski 29 January, 2015 @ 22:33

Recently together with group of volunteers we installed wooden sculpture and exposed traditional county Down gate (made from wrought iron), that was overgrown by ivy. It's a beautiful example of local craft that unfortunately is disappearing from rural landscape.

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