The nature trail is the site of the old railway line that linked Annalong with the Silent Valley reservoir. Visitors can stop at the picnic spot close to the Kilkeel River.

Excellent for sightings of wildlife, wild flowers and bird watching. Along the length of the trail you will find signal signs that give you additional information about the area.

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  • Beautiful, meditative walk! Amazing in grandeur and natural beauty. The reservoir is a sight to behold as well! “Silent Valley” aptly describes this sacred space. Meg July 2019 Ireland Retreat

    Meg at 11:55 am
  • County Down

    Distance 1.1 miles

    OS Map Sheet 29

    Terrain Easy walking path

    Nearest Town Kilkeel

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J30586 21034

    Route Type Riverside, Woodland

    Route Description

    Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the green arrows for the Nature Trail from the main car park until you reach a fork. Take the path to the right which takes you over a bridge – an interpretative panel marks the beginning of the Nature Trail. The path then follows the river valley to a boardwalk over an area of lowland heath. Just beyond this, restoration work has recently been completed to remove non-native trees and revitalise the heathland. Beyond this heathland the flat area is the floodplain of the Kilkeel River. The trail then drops down to the river through a narrow wooded corridor. The river is crossed via a wooden bridge and then winds gently upwards through woodland following the line of the old railway and when views of Slieve Binnian open up the trail again joins the footpath leading back to the car park.

    Point of Interest

    Spectacular views of the Mourne mountains, remnants of the area’s industrial heritage and many aspects of the area’s heritage.

    Getting to the start

    Starting point is from the main car park at the Silent Valley Reservoir. There is an entrance fee.

    Public transport

    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.

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.


    Toilet facilities are located in the main car park and there is an information centre and coffee shop nearby. Picnic tables can be found at the end of the Nature Trail at the banks of the Kilkeel River.

    Disabled toilets and parking