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Tardree Forest Walk

At 336 hectares, Tardree is one of Northern Ireland's oldest state forests and provides ample opportunity for walking. The gradient of the walk is moderate, with some steep sections along the way.




2.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 14

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Hill, Woodland


Moderate, off-road paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Views of Belfast Hills and Slemish Mountain, old quarry

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

From the car park, follow the red route as indicated by painted arrows on woodland posts. After several turns, the track clears the forest and views open up ahead towards the windfarm on Elliots Hill. Soon after, the Belfast Hills come into view towards the south. Continuing ahead, as you turn the bend and begin a sharp descent along the track, Slemish Mountain comes into view. As you walk downhill you soon pass Tardree Geological Nature Reserve on your left. Then continue to follow the red arrows for another kilometre or so, before the path eventually leads you back to the starting point at Duncan's car park.

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Follow the signs for Parkgate from Templepatrick. Just after reaching Parkgate, turn left onto the Connor Road. After 5km, turn right, following the sign into Tardree Forest.


Car parking, picnic facilities


Antrim Borough: A Walking Guide

Publication Availability

The leaflet is free of charge and available from Antrim Information Centre, the Clotworthy Arts Centre or by contacting the Countryside Recreation Officer at Antrim Borough Council on 028 9446 3113 or visit www.forestserviceni.gov.uk

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland

Ratings and Comments

John Mulholland 21 July, 2017 @ 20:04

Went up to the forest and would agree that it is very bad signage and you could get lost. The other disappointing thing was the amount of irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to foul the walkways. They seem to think because no one can see them that it is alright to allow their dogs to foul all over the place.

Jumbondi 9 July, 2017 @ 14:31

No sign posts at all, very easy to get lost. Took my wee pup who walked through a puddle and ended up nearly sinking as it was pure sludge, thank god he had a lead on! Problem was the path was that tiny that there was barely any way around these mud puddles. Parts of the path very overgrown. Does have a lot of potential and it was nice to walk through natural beauty but a lot of work is needed to make sure it's a pleasant and safe walk. Lots of dog muck too, more bins dotted throughout would be good as I had to walk 45 mins with a bag of stinky dog poop in my hand!

Weekend Walker 21 November, 2016 @ 11:22

Not a sign post in sight!!!!!!

went for a walk on Saturday. Forest has lots of potential ,to get lost. just had to find my own way around it, somehow. Took a few turns that lead to dead ends.

The paths through the forest were nothing but muck. Needs serious work done.

J Kinnier 17 March, 2016 @ 16:51

Was in Tardree on 16th March '16 and you would have needed protection up to calf length to negotiate the mud bath that is the path, churned up by what looked like scrambler bikes. Very sad, just had to come home. Very neglected for the walking community. We used to love that walk. Tried leaving message on NIdirect page but server down!

Wendy 29 July, 2015 @ 15:14

We would walk Tardree a few times over the year, It's good for kids as not too challenging and is a nice escape.

The only downside we have experienced with today and previous walks is the amount of dog dirt all over the paths! (However that is not a fault of the forest itself).

Jay 21 July, 2014 @ 21:14

A great walk, dogs loved it and loads of little streams for them to drink from.

Whitney R 29 January, 2014 @ 11:25

Nice place for an easy walk through a working forest, and some good views of the valleys around. There are no waymarkers to speak of anymore, so you will definitely need the trails map on this leaflet http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/tardree-forest-walks-leaflet.pdf?rev=1 . Even the map is outdated, with lots of forest roads having been added since, so don't rely on it too heavily! Tardree is popular with mountain bikers too, and they have their own network of bike trails.

BRYAN ROBERT ORR 15 April, 2012 @ 16:39

I went one time last week and for the fist time I saw snow, because we dounnt have snow in Brasil. thanks for oportunity.

Dawn Baird 13 February, 2010 @ 17:24

Lovely walks, well sign-posted. Would also be great for biking, saw lots of bikers when we were there (Feb 2010). Couldn't find toilets though!

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