PUBLIC NOTICE from Mourne Heritage Trust:
CAUTION! Moorish Tower Walk TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
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.
Moderate with some steep hills
Moorish Tower, Castlewellan Lake
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.
From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.
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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