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Bunkers Hill Walk, Cycle & Play Trail

Bunkers Hill is a small, recently felled forest at the edge of Castlewellan Town.  Developed in October 2014 this short circular trail is suitable for walking and family cycling only and incorporates 3 panoramic viewpoints.  

It is complemented by a Natural Play Trail for children aged between 4 and 11 years. The Play Trail is the first of its kind in Castlewellan and is made almost entirely out of natural materials.  It includes basket swings, a lookout tower, amphitheatre and seats as well as a bespoke climbing wall.




1.2 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Gravel path

Grid Reference (Start)

J345 358

Grid Reference (End)

J345 358

Point of Interest

Mourne Mountains, Play Trail

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

The walking and family cycling trail starts and finishes at the Play Trail and is fully signposted. Opposite the Play Trail entrance walkers turn right and follow the waymarkers along the trail as it climbs steadily to afford walkers 3 stunning views of Slieve Croob and surrounding countryside, Dundrum Bay and Mourne Mountains.  Seating has been provided at various points along the trail for your comfort and to stop and enjoy the views!  


Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Please note: there is no car parking onsite.

From the Main Street in Castlewellan town centre, drive onto Upper Square which borders a car park (there are public toilets available here). From Upper Square turn left or right (depending on the direction of travel) onto Circular Road - Castlewellan Community Centre is signposted from here. Travelling in a straight direction the road becomes 'Bunkers Hill'. On the left there is an Irish-speaking school called Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche. The entrance to Bunkers Hill is directly after this on the left.


Dogs are allowed.


Natural Play Trail located at the start of the trail

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Ratings and Comments

Tracy 20 January, 2019 @ 15:57

This place is amazing for children, great wooden play park and lovely walk with stunning views. However, having visited here with my 4 children it’s a pity to say I will not be back. Nothing to do with the facilities or views!!! They were amazing. But the shear let down of locals allowing their dogs to go to the toilet everywhere and anywhere! My children’s shoes, trousers and bike tyres were covered and my eldest even managed to get some on his hands. Such a pity, someone needs to start fining people, there’s absolutely no excuse as there’s plenty of dog bins around the area! Having to give this a poor rating I’m afraid just because of the dangers of the dogs droppings everywhere! Mostly in the park which is a disgrace!!

Maureen Rogan 16 July, 2017 @ 21:24

Excellent walk and what great views was seen when we got to the top cant believe we didnt know about this walkway before and of course the sunshine was glorious.What beautiful scenery we have in this part of the country.

Tim 31 January, 2017 @ 23:24

After reading the comments I decided to take my 3 kids and dog to Bunkers Hill Play Trail. The scenery and trail length were good, but I have never been on a walk with so much dog poo!!! It is utterly disgusting other dog owners can't clean up. For two hours I was constantly telling my kids to watch where they were walking and it was a miracle we escaped unscathed!!

Unless you're a fan of walking in dog poo I would avoid this walk until the local dog owners take greater civic pride with what could be a great walk. Also calling the walk a play trail is very misleading as a couple of swings and a seesaw only entertained my kids for 10 minutes.

My advice would be spend £5 and go to Castlewellan forest park instead.

ryan mc kendry 13 April, 2015 @ 10:31

the best about come gave it a try and u will love it

Shireen 11 January, 2015 @ 11:08

Great walk and play park. Fantastic views of the castle, churches and the mountains.

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