Nugent’s Wood

(3 reviews)

Once part of the Nugent’s Estate and now managed by The National Trust, this gentle walk is through a mature wood of mixed broad leaved trees. Visitors will enjoy spectacular views across the Strangford Narrows, towards Audleys Castle and Castleward. Nugent’s Wood is home to Red Squirrels, badgers and has an impressive display of spring flowers such as bluebells, stitchwort and honey suckle.

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  • If you are in Portaferry, take 20 minutes to dander up this way and get away from it all. If you are going in winter, take into account it can get a bit muddy though.

    Jordan at 1:37 pm
  • This is a beautiful walk. Especially if you have small
    Children. The mythical sculptures scattered across the route are enchanting and the scenery is breath taking looking out over Strangford Lough & with Portaferry in the background & the ferry sailing. All in all this is a top class walk & I highly recommend a trip to Morellis Ice cream parlour afterwards in Portaferry which will top off a unique & suburb experience. A must

    Naomi at 6:53 pm
  • I really enjoyed this walk the views are beautiful and even though it is December there’s lots of wildlife about. I loved seeing the little wooden sculptures..

    Wonderful little walk.

    Taise at 12:56 pm
  • County Down

    Distance 0.9 miles

    OS Map OSNI Sheet 21, Strangford Lough.

    Terrain Grassy Tracks, moderate incline

    Nearest Town Portaferry

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J592510

    Route Type Woodland

    Route Description

    Pass through the kissing gate and follow the grassy path parallel to the shore and through the trees. A short loop at the far end rejoins the main path to retrace your steps back to the car park.

    Point of Interest

    Views of Strangford Lough, Red Squirels and spring flowers.

    Getting to the start

    A public car park is situated beside the Exploris Aquarium. From here, walk towards the seafront and turn right. The entrance to Nugent’s Wood is behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses.

    Public transport

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    Public toilets at the carpark. There are several popular cafes, restaurants and pubs in Portaferry.