Silent Valley Ben Crom Dam Walk

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The longest route through the Silent Valley follow the trail to Ben Crom Dam. This linear route will guide you alongside the Silent Valley Reservoir to Ben Crom Dam passing the exit of the Binnian Tunnel and other reminders of the feat of engineering required to help fulfill the water needs of Belfast.

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Silent Valley Ben Crom Dam Walk



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County Down

Distance 6 miles

OS Map Sheet 29

Terrain Easy well laid paths

Nearest Town Kilkeel

Route Shape Linear

Grid Reference J30586 21034

Route Type Parkland & Grassland

Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the red arrows for the Ben Crom walk. This linear route will guide you alongside the Silent Valley Reservoir to Ben Crom Dam passing the exit of the Binnian Tunnel and other reminders of the feat of engineering required to help fulfill the water needs of Belfast. The walk turns at the foot of Ben Crom wall. You can choose whether or not to follow the steps up to the top to take in the spectacular views including the Brandy Pad and Slieve Donard. Retrace your steps back down the valley to the main car park.

Spectacular views of the Mourne mountains, Silent Valley Dam, Silent Valley overflow (or plughole), valve tower and Ben Crom Dam

The route begins in the main car park reached through the gates on the Head Road on the south side of the Mournes. The Silent Valley is sign posted for drivers travelling south from Newcastle and north from Kilkeel. There is an entrance fee.

During the summer months, Translink operate the Mourne Rambler Service- a circular route that stops at the gates of the Silent Valley. More information can be found on the Translink website.

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

Toilets and refreshments available during summer months and public holidays at Silent Valley restaurant and information centre or in nearby Kilkeel.

Disabled parking and toilets

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