Castle Caldwell Forest – Beechwood Walk

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The Beechwood Walk is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and encompasses both lough shore and woodland paths. The walk takes in man-made and natural wonders, including a lime-kiln which hints at the association of the Caldwell estate with the nearby Belleek Pottery, a half-moon limestone bench along the shoreline and the eerie ruins of Castle Caldwell.

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Castle Caldwell Forest – Beechwood Walk

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County Fermanagh

Distance 1.2 miles

OS Map Sheet 17 1:50,000

Terrain Easy

Nearest Town Belleek

Route Shape Circular

Grid Reference H01700 60400

Route Type Lakeland, Woodland

Route Description

The Beech Wood Walk encompasses both lake shore and woodland paths. The first part of the walk is along the peninsula shore that would have been submerged by water up until the 1880`s. Draining of Lower Lough Erne by approximately three metres exposed new land creating new habitats. The path follows the new foreshore which is populated by alder and willow trees, whilst higher up on the banks the older oak and beech trees indicate the former level of the water’s edge. Along the North facing stretch of the promontory, views over Lower Lough Erne towards Boa Island and Kesh can be enjoyed before the path drifts away into the forest. Here you may be able to catch a glimpse of some of the shy woodland mammals that inhabit this beautiful place such as the pine marten. The final stretch of the walk meanders through an area of broadleaf woodland, before opening up to reveal fine views of Castle Caldwell rising high above the forest floor. This walk is situated in a working forest and may be temporarily diverted or closed while trees are being harvested so please comply with any safety signage. All Forest Service woodlands are sustainably managed and certified to international standards that demonstrate good environmental, social and economic principles.

Point of Interest

Lime-kiln, ruins of Castle Caldwell

Getting to the start

Turn off Kesh – Belleek A47 road about 8km from
Belleek into Castle Caldwell Forest. Turn is well signposted. Pass between support walls of old railway bridge, then turn left and later left again into car park.

Public transport

Translink –

Dog Policy

Dogs on lead permitted


Car parking & picnic facilities. Refreshments available in Belleek village – approximately 8km away.