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Hillsborough Forest, Fox Fort Trail

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  • The boundary is partially rough terrain with multiple tree roots and it can sometimes be very muddy and slippery. Walking shoes are needed for this path. This can only be walked by people with good mobility.
    The lake contains multiple bird types, eg, swans, geese, ducks, cormorants and grey heron.
    The fort is worth visiting and there is a childrens’ playpark.
    Parking was free when I visited.

    Phil at 2:38 pm
  • County Down

    Distance 1.9 miles

    OS Map

    Terrain Moderate, steep in places

    Nearest Town Hillsborough

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J248585

    Route Type Forest, Woodland

    Point of Interest

    The tree fringed lake attracts a wide variety of wildfowl, ancient rath

    Getting to the start

    The main A1 Belfast to Dublin road passes close by the village, with access signposted via the roundabout at the north end of the village and easy access over a bridge at the south end. The Forest entrance is located at the end of Park Street and this is signposted from the main road through the village.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Must be kept on a lead.


    Car parking / picnic facilities / ice cream and confectionery is sold from a mobile van. Several cafes, restaurants and shops are located close by in the village. Public toilets with wheelchair access are available at Hillsborough Fort and in the village beside. The Lake is also a publicly owned fishery (stocked with rainbow trout). Fishing is by permit only, issued by DCAL Inland Fisheries.