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Rambles for people with limited mobility - Castlewellan Forest Park

The park covers over 1000 acres of beautiful countryside of mature forests and woodland. This circular walk from the car park is on a flat path 7 feet plus wide.




5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Lakeland, Woodland


Flat wide paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Castlewellan Lake, The Peace Maze, The Grange, Annesley Gardens

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

This starts at the Rangers' Hut and follows a route around the edge of the lake in a clockwise direction. There are steep slopes to the Lake and care must be exercised. At the end of the lake turn right over the bridge. Take care, at this stage the path consists of larger stones which can be tricky!

Shortly after is a 100 metre slope which may prove very difficult for pushers. However, there are seats both at the bottom and at the top of the incline; going down is gentler and longer. Further on the path levels out into a wooded area. Follow the path along the lake shore. A gravel path leads to a wooden gate (gap on left hand side). You join a tarmac path with views of the castle and park land, avoiding the narrower, busier lake path.

Continue on to a crossroads and information board where a signpost directs you left to Annesley Gardens. This is a gravel path which gradually leads to a (70m) fairly steep slope. This can be avoided by continuing on at the crossroads and turning left where this path meets the main entry road. This tarmac path is longer but a much gentler slope.

This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility.


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Immediately north-west of Castlewellan. A broad street links the Park with the A25 which passes through the town. Follow the brown 'Forest Park' signs.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking
Hearing loop system


Disabled toilet, caravan and camp sites, mountain and water sports centre, fishing (permit required). Picnic and barbque areas.



Publication Availability


Walk Location
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