Explore the attractive and historic village of Loughbrickland taking time to use the trail guide to appreciate the many attractive buildings in this quiet village.
The walk commences at the Lakeview Road car park, next to LoughBrickland lough before following a safe underpass to the village. The route outlined in the trail guide can be up to 4.5 miles - this includes an interesting off road section through the small village park and an option of following woodland trail and rough country lane at the Whyte's Estate at the northern end of the village. Hopefully, the trail guide will prompt a desire to find out more about the rich heritage of this part of County Down.
The Loughbrickland HistoricTrail was developed as a partnership project between the former Loughbrickland and District Community Association, Loughbrickland Historical Group and the former Banbridge District Council (as from April 2015 part of the new Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council) made possible with funding assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and assistance from the Probation Service for Northern Ireland and Dr Jean Whyte.
Parkland & Grassland, Urban, Woodland
Village trail & off-road section
Lough Brickland, attractive village, 2 scheduled monuments.
Follow the instructions in the Loughbrickland Historic Trail (LHT) guide (see downloads) through the village. The trail guide highlights many of Loughbrickland's interesting and attractive buildings and includes a route through the village park and an option of following a trail around the Whyte's Estate.
You can confine your walk to the village or the more intrepid can enjoy an off-road section of trail by entering the Whyte Estate at the far end of Scarva Street and taking the option of a shorter or longer circular walk within the estate. The trails here can be muddy, uneven, with loose material on the surface and there are steps & gradients along both trails. Entry to the trail at the private Whyte Estate is free of charge and normally open at all times (see exceptions below). Public access is permitted by the owner under an agreement with the Council but access is allowed on foot only and along the waymarked trail only - so please keep to the trail and respect the private signs.
Please note that Ballyvally Archery Club use the woodland at the Whyte’s Estate for training and outdoor competitions. For public safety the route is closed on competition days which take place occasionally throughout the year. The walk will closed on the following dates in 2017: Jan 14th /15th April 22nd /23rd May 20th /21st . June 10th /11th . July 23rd . August 27th Sept 16th /17th
The trail starts near the junction of the B3 with the A1 at a small car park on the shore of Lough Brickland. Travelling south along the A1 at Loughbrickland take the road signed for Rathfriland (Grovehill Road) and the first turn off on the right (Lakeview Road) a cul-de-sac which leads to the lake, a row of houses and a parking area.
There are regular bus services from Belfast, Europa Buscentre to Newry/and Newry to Belfast which stop in Loughbrickland.
Dogs are allowed. Please keep under close control and clean up after your dog.
Public toilets located in Loughbrickland Park, off the Poyntzpass Road in the village, approx. 0.25 mile from start of walk. Shops, garage, pub and cafe in village.
Loughbrickland Park covers just over 9 acres the park is set out in informal style with open grass areas, a small wetland wooded area, stream, play area, toilets and paths. The main access and parking area for the park is located off the Poyntzpass Road and the park also has two pedestrian accesses from Main Street in the village.
The car park at the Gate Lodge at the entrance to the Whyte's Estate is private but is hired out for private and community use. The car park is for the use of these patrons only. On street parking on Scarva Street is available.
The F.E. Mc William Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, County Down, BT32 JNB
This facility houses an art gallery, sculpture garden, café and tourist information point. Opened in September 2008, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio is dedicated to the memory of the successful Banbridge born sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam (1909 -1992). McWilliam is an internationally known sculptor of eclectic style – described as ‘An inventor of styles’. He was a contemporary of Brancusi, Henry Moore and William Scott. When he died his executors left his London studio and many examples of his work in different stages to the state with a view to it being displayed in his native town. The studio has been lovingly reconstructed by Banbridge District Council in a peaceful sculpture garden at this small modern gallery which houses many examples of his work. It is located approx. 2 mile from Loughbrickland, just off the A1, heading towards Banbridge. Join the A1 for a short distance taking the first exit (A26) to Banbridge. Follow to roundabout and pick up signage for the Gallery & Studio here (it is located next to this roundabout).
Open Monday to Saturday only 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Lisnagade Fort: the only large triple-ringed earthwork recorded in County Down. It is a State Care monument located approx. 200 metres across a field (in agricultural use) off the Lisnagade Road, a couple of miles NW of Loughbrickland. (Grid ref: J087441). Leave the village via Scarva Street. Beyond the village boundary take the 2nd road on the right, the Lisnagade Road – continue north thru x-road for approx. ½ mile, looking for a small lay-by and pedestrian gate on the left. The fort is located towards the junction of the Lisnagade Road with the B3 Scarva/Glenloughan Road. To visit Scarva continue along the road to its junction with the B3, turn left onto this road and follow to the village.
Scarva Village & Newry Canal Towpath: The small village of Scarva is located along the former Newry Portadown Canal. It is located about 3.7 miles or 10 minutes drive west of Loughbrickland along the B3. The towpath forms part of the Newry Canal Way and provides an excellent flat cycle or walking route. The village also has an attractive park located next to Scarva Primary School, off Main Street.
Loughbrickland Historic Trail
See link - also, subject to availability, from Banbridge Tourist Information Centre- 028 4062 3322
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