Castlewellan Forest Park – Cypress Pond Walk

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Beginning at Castlewellan Lake this trail winds its way uphill through mature trees to offer a tranquil view of Cypress Pond.

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Castlewellan Forest Park – Cypress Pond Walk



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Distance 3.1 miles

OS Map Sheet 29

Terrain Moderate with some steep hills

Nearest Town Castlewellan

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference J33493 36512

Route Type Forest, Lakeland, Woodland

Part of the new Castlewellan Walking Trails launched in November 2014, this trail is signposted from the Lakeside car park – follow the purple waymarkers.

Starting in the Lakeside Car Park, follow the southern shore of the lake until the western corner, this trail then begins to climb, winding its way through mature trees. Walkers are rewarded on reaching the top with a tranquil view of the Cypress Pond. The trail then descends through the trees back to the lake shore which can be followed back to the trailhead.

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

Views of Mourne Mountains, Cypress Pond and Castlewellan Lake

From Castlewellan the forest is signposted from Main Street.

Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

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.

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

– Café (wheelchair accessible)
– Disabled toilets
– Disabled parking
– Hearing loop system

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.