This wide flat linear trail is suitable for all abilities. The trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. As it is ‘multi-use’, as well as other walkers, expect horses and bikes and a range of other users. Follow the GREEN waymarker disks with the words ‘Shore Trail’ around the edge.

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Castle Ward Shore Trail

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  • On the 1st January every year we walk along the path through the woodland at the very bottom of the estate, towards the caravan park. Every year, without fail there are a few snowdrops open. They are the first that we know to open anywhere – we live in Belfast.

    Ruth Miller at 10:57 am
  • County Down

    Distance 1.4 miles

    OS Map 21

    Terrain Smooth, flat and wide path

    Nearest Town Strangford

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J575497

    Route Type Coastal

    Route Description

    Starting in the Shore Car Park, this wide and flat trail follows the shore of Strangford Lough from the farm yard to Audley’s Quay. Accessible to everyone, the trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. On reaching Audley’s Quay, users should turn and retrace their steps back to the farm yard.

    Expect other users on this trail traveling in both directions. This may include –

    – Horses

    – Cyclists of all abilities

    – A range of bikes including tandems, trikes, and bikes with tag a long trailers behind

    – Wheelchair users and mobility scooters

    KEEP LEFT on this trail at all times


    * Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. *

    Point of Interest

    The Farm Yard, Strangford Lough and its associated wildlife

    Getting to the start

    Parking for walkers is in the Shore Car Park within Castle Ward Demesne. The car park is clearly signed from the main entrance drive. There is an information panel and map in the Shore Car Park.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Please keep dogs on a lead or under control at all times


    Parking, toilets, tea rooms, bike shop, bike hire, specialist equipment hire including tandems, tag-a-longs, trikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters and a wheelchair tandem. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Disabled parking – Disabled toilets.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 2

    • The path can be expected to be hard and firm with some loose stones (not bigger than 1cm) and will be at least 1.2m wide for its entire length.
    • The path will not be steeper than 5° or have a cross slope of greater than 5°.
    • There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be a max of 12mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of at least 1m wide and 2.1 in height for the entire length of the route.
    • There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 300m.