Loughgall Country Park – Bridlepath
The route is fairly flat with the exception of one steep hill. The route follows tarmac paths and includes a section along the lake shoreline.
The walk is part of Highway to Health walking routes – a series of waymarked walking routes throughout Northern Ireland. There is no charge for walk, however there is a £2.20 fee for car parking or a yearly car park ticket can be bought for £11.30. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in the Country Park.
Distance 4.2 miles
OS Map Sheet 19
Terrain Tarmac, country lane
Nearest Town Loughgall
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference H909519
Route Type Parkland & Grassland
The walk starts at the top of the car park at Loughgall Country Park.
Follow the tarmac pathway keeping to the left of the two Y junctions, continue through the pedestrian entrance at the metal gate; proceed 20 metres to the T-junction where it meets a tarmac roadway. Turn left and continue straight ahead at the crossroads following the walk way markers. Keep to the left along the tarred road avoid the first right to the manor house. Continue straight ahead 50 metres and avoid the two left turns proceed down the hill keeping left at the Y junction. Keep to the road until you come to a junction at the bottom of a hill (woodland on your left and open field with large tree on your right)
From this point continue straight ahead taking the first left where you reach a d-rail fence/stone pillars, follow tarmac path where you will pass a Lime Kiln on your right continue following the tarmac road for a further 1 km at the silver metal gates take right onto the stone path, at the end of which take right onto a concrete roadway, follow the concrete/tarred road keeping left.
At this point you will be passing a yarded area on your right continue straight ahead at the cross roads and follow the path meandering through the forest. Proceed down the steep hill passing the sign for the ice house on your right and through another wooded area. When you reach the end you will come to T-junction and turn right continue passing the Lime Kiln on your left follow the path straight ahead to the next T-junction turn left and follow the path past reception back to the car park.
Lime kilns, ice house
Loughgall Country Park is situated off the B77 Armagh to Portadown road. All walks start from the main car park.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Reception area, car park, toilets, changing rooms, showers, trim trail, junior adventure area, tennis courts, golf course, coarse fishery. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7.30am-10pm – Shop (wheelchair accessible) – Disabled toilets – Disabled parking
- There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
- Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
- Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
- Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.
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Loughgall Country Park – Bridlepath
This is a popular walking route and takes in woodland and also skirts the golf course in parts. There are a couple of steeps climbs if you walk in an anti-clockwise direction. Also the route around the golf course is rough underfoot in parts but is tarmac elsewhere.
As with most places there is some dog fouling and littering. Likewise many people have their dogs off their leads although this is not allowed.
However, there are plenty of birds to be seen including buzzards and, if lucky, a great spotted woodpecker.
A pleasant walk. Well worth the £2 entry fee for the car parking. You also get a better, more detailed map when you pay making it possible to combine the walks. We didn’t encounter too many other walkers while doing this walk. Seems to be mostly golfers and fishermen using the park.