Covering a relatively short distance from coast to open moorland, the Granite Trail offers the opportunity to see artifacts from the once thriving granite industry of Mourne.

Differing natural habitats can be enjoyed as you walk through coniferous forest and mature woodland beside mountain streams and rivers.

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Granite Trail (Donard Loop & Bogie Line)



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  • A nice mix of mountain side and forest trails with lots of information points along the way. We always do this walk in reverse and start and finish at the harbour to get the hardest part out of the way first. This walk is not way marked so be sure to print out the instructions / map and bring along. The stile at the top of Donard Wood next to the shoddy hut is now a gate so don’t let that confuse you!

    @dayoffdanders at 7:08 pm
  • County Down

    Distance 3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 29

    Terrain Steep inclines, forest tracks

    Nearest Town Newcastle

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J37950 29653

    Route Type Forest, Woodland

    There are 3 component parts to this trail, providing the walker with a range of possible options or combinations.

    Bogie Line
    Drinneevar Loop
    Donard Loop

    Starting from DONARD PARK (Donard Loop & Bogie Line)

    Follow the DONARD LOOP on the map through Donard Wood to the rear of the YMCA and through some sharp zig zag turns until you come to the 3rd bridge. Cross the bridge and continue along the forest road which leads to Thomas’s Mountain Quarry. There is a granite viewpoint just beyond the quarry. The trail then leads you in the direction of the BOGIE LINE. Millstone Quarry can be accessed via a path to your right hand side which exits at the other side of the quarry (take care if walking over loose spoil !). Continue along the trail until you come to the stile beside the edge of Donard Wood.

    To access the BOGIE LINE, cross the stile beside the Shoddy Hut and continue downhill towards King Street and Bogie Hill. Take care when crossing the road ! Continue walking along the footpath in the direction of Newcastle town centre – Information on the SS Great Britain is available just before the PSNI station. Continue in the direction of the town centre until you come to the beginning of the Promenade (across from River House). Take Care when crossing the road – this takes you back to your starting point in Donard Park.

    WARNING – The trail includes quarries with loose spoil, old workings and unprotected drops. It is recommended that visitors keep to the trail.

    Harbour and Town, Natural Habitat

    There is a car park available at Newcastle Harbour, South Promenade, Newcastle. This is on the main A2 road from Newcastle to Kilkeel. Regular buses are available to Newcastle from Belfast and Newry. The Granite Trail commences opposite Newcastle Harbour.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

    Wide range of eateries to suit all tastes in Newcastle.

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

    – Disabled toilets – (South Promenade)

    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.