Taking walkers deep in to the heart of the forest, this route initially follows the perimeter of the park before returning alongside the Deer Park.

Gosford Forest Park offers just over 12km (8 miles) of waymarked walking routes exploring the key sites of interest around the park including the Arboretum, Deer Park, Castle and woodland.

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Gosford Forest Park, Boundary Trail



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  • This has been a regular walking destination for us for many years and there are plenty of walks of differing lengths.
    It’s popularity has increased massively particularly since the playparks were upgraded /installed and the bike trails put in.
    It can be exceptionally crowded near the car park but it is possible to leave the crowds behind if you walk on the longer trails.
    The parking fees are expensive if you live locally but fine if you intend spending most of the day here.
    The only real problem is the behaviour of some mountain bikers who seem to care nothing about walkers where the walking and bike trails cross or are shared.

    Phil at 9:11 pm
  • County Armagh

    Distance 3.4 miles

    OS Map 28

    Terrain Woodland track

    Nearest Town Markethill

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference H 96424 40638

    Route Type Woodland

    Route Description

    The route is clearly signed from the car park and around the trail. Starting at the walk trailhead arch, the trail follows shared forest road, over the Drumlack River and in to mixed woodland. From here, the trail continues around the perimeter of the park. After the second river crossing point, the trail returns to the car park through oak and Norway spruce plantations alongside the Red Deer enclosure and events field.

    Point of Interest

    Gosford’s Red Deer Herd and Drumlack River

    Getting to the start

    From Armagh, follow the A28 Newry Road to Markethill. The entrance to the forest is signposted along this road.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

    Facilities

    Caravan Site, Car park and toilets