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Carnfunnock Country Park

A whole host of great walks on offer through the picturesque surroundings of Carnfunnock Country Park.

This park is close to Drains Bay and Ballygally Beach which are very popular during the summer months.

County

Antrim

Distance

5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town

Larne, Drains Bay & Ballygally.

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Coastal, Hill, Parkland & Grassland, Woodland

Terrain

Flat, hilly, slopes and steps.

Grid Reference (Start)

D384066

Grid Reference (End)

D384066

Point of Interest

Walled Garden with unusual sundials and wooden sculptures. Maze in the shape of NI. Children's maritime themed outdoor adventure playground.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

The paths overlap each other in places and it is possible to follow any one, or all in sequence or a mixture. They will take you through all parts of the park. The attached map shows all the paths.

There are 5 way-marked trails with interpretation panels throughout:

Garden: 0.8 miles - visit the maze and walled garden.

Heritage: 1.6 miles - see the Ice House, Norman motte and lime kilns.

Shore: 1.5 miles - go past the activity centre to the sandy beach at Drains Bay.

Woodland: 2.5 miles - this is the longest and most energetic walk and takes you to most of the park's features, the woodland and wetland.

Biodiversity: 1.5 miles - this is a circular route suitable for wheelchairs giving great views of the coast and taking you right beside the giant bird table. Also incorporates a dedicated fitness trail with various stations of outdoor gym equipment. This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see Disabled Ramblers NI link below.

Larne parkrun also takes place in Carnfunnock and is a free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards. It happens every Saturday at 9.30am, starting and ending in Drains Bay car park. For full details check out the parkrun website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/larne/.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Bus Services 252 (Belfast to Coleraine) (seasonal) or 162 (Larne to Cushendun).

Getting to the Start (by Car)

On Antrim Coast Road (A2), 3.5 miles north of Larne. Walk from the main car park following sign posts directly to the Carnfunnock Visitor Centre.

Larne parkrun starts and ends at Drains Bay car park.

Getting to the Start (on Foot)

All routes commence from the Carnfunnock Visitor Centre.

Larne parkrun starts and ends at Drains Bay car park.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. However, park operates dog zones. Dogs are not permitted in the maze, walled garden, activity centre, family fun zone, golf course or inside buildings. Dogs must be under control at all times. Use bins provided for waste.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - 16 March-29 September 2013, weekends in October
Disabled toilets - Closed Christmas Day
Visitors Centre - 16 March-29 September 2013, weekends in October
Disabled parking
Lighting (entire route) - (only on Shore Walk)

Facilities

The Coffee Shop and Visitor Centre, with tourist information and novelty goods for sale, are open daily from 16 March-29 September 2013 and weekends in October.
There is a charge to use the car park in the summer season, although registered disabled drivers can park for free on production of their badge. Parking is also available in Carnfunnock Bay and Drains Bay. Toilets are open all year (excluding Christmas Day).

Publication

Carnfunnock Country Park Visitor Guide.Also included in Larne Country Walks

Publication Availability

Carnfunnock Country Park (028) 2827 0541 or Larne Tourist Information Centre (028) 2826 0088.Larne Country Walks available to download on this webpage.

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