Castlewellan Forest Park – Moorish Tower Walk

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

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Castlewellan Forest Park – Moorish Tower Walk

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    County Down

    Distance 3.1 miles

    OS Map Sheet 29

    Terrain Moderate with some steep hills

    Nearest Town Castlewellan

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J335364

    Route Type Forest, Lakeland, Woodland

    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.

    Point of Interest

    Moorish Tower, Castlewellan Lake

    Getting to the start

    From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.

    Public transport

    Translink –


    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.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.