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Ely Lodge Forest: Carrickreagh Viewpoint Walk

Carrickreagh Viewpoint Walk is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Ely Lodge Forest can be accessed by both water and land as the forest is located on the southern fringes of Lower Lough Erne. Access is possible by boat at Carrickreagh Jetty. The lough draws coarse anglers all year round, and several walks pass through these leafy forest tracks. The forest contains a fine mixture of broadleaved and coniferous trees but of particular note are the mature European larches that thrive here. Heading towards Carrickreagh Viewpoint, keep an eye out for red squirrels that are active in the forest. The red squirrel’s diet consists of a variety of small seeds and nuts, shoots of young plants and spring blossoms and their dreys (nests) can be seen high in the trees.

County

Fermanagh

Distance

1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 17

Nearest Town

Enniskillen

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Forest, Woodland

Terrain

All types of terrain

Grid Reference (Start)

H180513

Grid Reference (End)

H180513

Point of Interest

One of the finest features of this walk is the outlook from Carrickreagh Viewpoint. On a fine day you can see as far as the Bluestack Mountains in Co. Donegal to the north and out to Sligo Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in the west

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fermanagh

Route Description

From the car park, follow the black route, as indicated by the way marked posts. The walk is along forest tracks and takes you on a steep climb up through a hillside forest. Continue until you join a gravel path which leads to Carrickreagh Viewpoint where a wooden hut provides shelter for a well earned rest and a great opportunity to take in the views. Stretching out below you is Lower Lough Erne, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Britain or Ireland. Heading downhill, weave your way back through the forest before returning to your starting point.

Please note: This Forest is managed sustainably by NI Forest Service. This walk is situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversions and closure from time to time.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

From Enniskillen, travel north along the A46 Shore road towards Belleek. Approximately 10km from Enniskillen, Ely Lodge Forest car park is signed and located on the right. Alternatively you can continue for 150 metres to the Carrickreagh Viewpoint walk car park itself, situated on your left.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Facilities

Information panel, Fully accessible car parking and picnic area available in Ely Lodge Forest car park, nearest amenities Enniskillen.

Publication

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark: Forest Walks Booklet.

Publication Availability

www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com

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Ratings and Comments

★★★☆☆
Christopher Somerville 29 August, 2018 @ 13:37

The view from the Carrickreagh Viewpoint hut is all but obscured by trees growing up, mostly hazels right in front of the viewing platform, but also some conifers to the side. Could these be trimmed back?

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