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Castle Caldwell Forest Walk

This forest provides a range of short walks through a pretty woodland surrounded by Lower Lough Erne. The site is an important conservation forest with bird sanctuaries and visiting red deer. Two main features are the Old Castle and Lough Shore Jetty.

County

Fermanagh

Distance

2.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 17

Nearest Town

Belleek

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Woodland

Terrain

Easy walking on forest tracks

Grid Reference (Start)

H016604

Grid Reference (End)

H016604

Point of Interest

Bird sanctuaries, red deer

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fermanagh

Route Description

There are a series of circular walks from the car park following forest tracks through the woodland and along the Lough shore.

The walks are clearly waymarked with red, blue and yellow arrows.

The following route description is for the red route:

Leave the car park by going left of the building at one end, and quite soon you'll pass below the ruins of the castle, dark and overgrown. Now in ruins, Castle Caldwell was built in 1612 during the time of the Plantation of Ulster.

Follow the path, keeping to the shoreline, and at the crossroads take the way signed to Rossergole point, with views across the lough to rolling farmland.

The return walk is along the southern shoreline until eventually the path reaches a small picnic area and leaves the lake shore, and you turn left at the forest road.

Quite soon turn right onto a well used path through an area of beech woodland, suddenly coming to a ruined ivy cloaked castle, unfortunately unsafe to enter. Continue along the path almost to a post and rail fence at a sharp bend in the minor county road. Turn right and you'll soon be back at the car park.

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.

Getting to the Start

Turn off Kesh – Belleek A47 road about 8km from
Belleek into Castle Caldwell Forest. Turn is well signposted. Pass between support walls of old railway bridge, then turn left and later left again into car park.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Facilities

Car parking & picnic facilities. Refreshments available in Belleek village – approximately 8km away.

Publication

None

Publication Availability

N/A

Walk Location
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Ratings and Comments

★★★★☆
charles mcdonnell 25 October, 2010 @ 17:58

3 miles off escapism

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