Lough Navar Forest – Blackslee Waterfall Walk

(6 reviews)

Aghameelan Viewpoint car park is the starting point for the waymarked Blackslee Trail. Part of the the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, this 6km walk along forest roads makes its way through the oldest part of the forest and leads to a waterfall at its furthest point.

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  • The walk is lovely and I enjoyed it. But it’s very badly sign posted. The sign posts are spaced too far apart. Whenever you get to a turn there is no sign and you have to go a good distance before you see a sign. I got lost so I got confused with the signs on how to get back to the car park. It was a damp evening and this did not help.

    Hugo GALLAGHER at 12:03 pm
  • A nice but challenging length of walk but seeing the waterfall halfway around was a treat. The sound was soothing, there was only a gentle flow but it was coming from a great height. It looks just like a haven for fairies. The Cloud Viewer on the route was lovely especially the woven fence. Plenty of wildflowers and butterflies.

    Georgia at 11:19 am
  • A pleasant walk starting from a car park (note that the toilets are closed). Clearly signed on the way. Saw deer and found wild strawberries and raspberries along the way. Interesting willow sculpture ‘Cloud Viewer’ in the last section near the waterfall. The waterfall viewpoint was safe to access although smaller than expected. Aeveral benches along the way to rest on. A lovely afternoon walk.

    Margarita at 4:52 pm
  • County Fermanagh

    Distance 4 miles

    OS Map Sheet 17

    Terrain Moderate

    Nearest Town Derrygonnelly

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference H06100 57600

    Route Type Forest

    Route Description

    Walk Highlight

    The highlight of the walk is undoubtedly the secluded Blackslee Waterfall where water cascades over a 20 metre cliff before continuing its journey down an undercut rocky gorge. Through the forest you will also discover some willow sculptures nestled between the trees.

    The Walk

    The initial part of the walk takes you along forest tracks, deep into Blackslee Forest through areas of mature planted conifers on the higher ground to areas populated by Willow and Aspen on the lower slopes. In areas where the forest is less dense, dappled light filters through giving rise to delicate woodland plants such as Wood Sorrel, Wild Garlic and Bluebells. A series of forest tracks and paths are linked and zigzag through this forested area, however your path finally veers left. Contouring around a river bank the path leads through deep forest passing the ‘boulder field’ an area of huge sandstone boulders left behind as the ice sheets melted at the end of the last Ice Age over 13,000 years ago.

    Continuing uphill the path approaches Blackslee Waterfall, where water cascades over a 20 metre cliff before continuing its journey down an undercut rocky gorge. The gorge is carved from sandstones and mudstones, cross cut by a more resistant rock called dolerite, before flowing into Lower Lough Erne. Depending on the water levels at the time, this beautiful natural feature can range from a mere trickle to a raging torrent. The path continues its gradual climb uphill before adjoining the forest track, the final stretch of the path takes in capitulating stretches through corridors of forest which open to provide fine views over the neighbouring countryside.

    Point of Interest

    Viewpoint, waterfall, willow sculptures

    Getting to the start

    Signposted from the A46 – Enniskillen to Belleek Road.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs on lead permitted


    Car parking, picnic facilities