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Poets Trail: Forkill Loop

The route follows the Urney Graveyard Funeral Public Footpath from Forkhill to the historic graveyard where the poet Peadar O'Doirnin is buried. The route then follows country lanes through Glendesha Forest and around the mountains of Croslieve and Sliebrack back to Forkhill.  NB walkers should be careful on any of the larger roads connecting the smaller ones.




6 miles

OS Map

Sheets 28 & 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Unsurfaced lanes & public roads

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Urney Graveyard and the South Armagh Poets

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Ring of Gullion

Route Description

Turn South-West down Main Street from the Welcome Inn, Forkhill. Continue for 0.5 miles Just past the Fairgreen Stores turn down a track on the left. Continue for 1 mile until a footbridge over the Forkhill River. Turn right on a path to the Urney Graveyard. Follow the lane to the T junction and turn right.

Follow the lane through the cross-roads for 1 mile. Keep left and take a right turn in to Glendesha Road. Follow for 2 miles. At the end of the road turn right on to Upper Road. After 0.5 miles turn right on to Church Road. Continue past Forkhill Church of Ireland Church back to Forkhill Village.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Take B113 from Newry, R117 from Dundalk or A29 from Newtownhamilton to Forkhill.


Car parking, refreshments, shops and toilets in Forkhill.


'The Poets Trail' routecards

Publication Availability

Contact Newry Tourist Information Centre on 028 3031 3170.

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Ratings and Comments

Paula Osborne 9 May, 2017 @ 22:06

Really enjoyable walk, made even more memorable by fantastic weather. Enjoyed reading all the information boards along the way. Not too strenous going uphill either - bonus!

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