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Castlewellan Forest Park - Moorish Tower Walk

PUBLIC NOTICE from Mourne Heritage Trust:


Tree Harvesting will be taking place over the next 12 weeks (starting w/b 30 Jan 2017) around the Moorish Tower area within Castlewellan Forest.

Also, please be aware that although all other walking trails remain open, tree felling is still taking place along the trails. Please heed all cautionary signs and follow temporary diversions where requested. MONDAY – FRIDAY ONLY

The walk circumnavigates Castlewellan Lake.  A short steep climb uphill brings you to the Moorish Tower.




3.2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Forest, Woodland


Moderate with some steep hills

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Moorish Tower, Castlewellan Lake

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

This trail is signposted from the Lakeside car park - follow the brown waymarkers.

Starting at the Lakeside Car Park, the trail follows the southern shore of the lake before winding steeply uphill.  A narrow track leads to the Moorish Tower now hidden in the trees.  When designed, this 'tea house' would have provided a fine vista across the Lake.  A steep descent leads back to the lake shore.

This is a 'Moderate' walk suitable for those with a good standard of fitness. The surface is variable but stable, may be slightly uneven and include loose material.  It includes some steep climbs and descents.

This walk is 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

From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5


Car park (fee charged), café, toilets (disabled access), picnic areas, The Peace Maze, Activity Centre, lecture room/ classroom, camping & caravaning, orienteering route, mountain bike trails.

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