Montalto Estate Lake Walk

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This walk is best visited in late spring / early autumn. It will take you past The Boathouse, which has lots of woodland planting and a variety of acers, including Japanese maples.

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Montalto Estate Lake Walk

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County Down

Distance 0.69 miles

OS Map 20

Terrain Woodland Trails

Nearest Town Ballynahinch

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference NW472077

Route Type Parkland & Grassland, Riverside, Woodland

Route Description

While you pass the shrub walk, you will see another of the stunning and rare champion trees, the Austrian pine. This tree boasts the Irish champion girth for its species.

Continuing along this walk, you will see beautiful deciduous azaleas, which are in full colourful bloom during springtime. You will also pass a number of specimen trees, shrubs, and magnolias. Another interesting feature you will catch a glimpse of as you continue along this walk is the azalea bowl, which includes a wonderful, natural bowl formation.

Next, loop around The Witch’s Cottage, where you will see a wide variety of shrubs and trees. In particular, notice the wonderful array of beautiful daffodils and azaleas, which are magnificent here in spring.

Finally, you will pass a meandering woodland planting path which will lead you to the end of this walk.

Point of Interest

Winter Garden, Woodcutters, Witches House, Champion Tree

Getting to the start

This walk is located a short drive from Ballynahinch. Entry to Montalto Estate is via the Spa Road.

Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on a lead


Cafe, Shop, Car Park, Toilets, Natural Play

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

– Café (wheelchair accessible)
– Disabled parking
– Disabled toilets