Silent Valley Mountain Trail
One of the more challenging walks in Silent Valley, enjoy spectacular views without having to go to far into the Mourne Mountains.
Distance 1.9 miles
OS Map Sheet 29
Terrain Easy well laid paths
Nearest Town Kilkeel
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J30586 21034
Route Type Parkland & Grassland
Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the black arrows for the Mountain Trail. From the main car park, follow the sign for the Nature Trail until you reach a fork. Take the trail to the right hand side, crossing the bridge over the Kilkeel River. When you come to a sign for Watertown, take the steps up onto the road and turn left, continuing until you reach a junction. At this point you can see the concrete footings of some of the Watertown Houses (this temporary settlement was constructed in 1923 to accommodate the dam builders). Follow the stone way-markers which lead you initially to the right and then left, as you climb the slope up to the Mourne Wall. When you are close to the wall, the Mountain Trail veers off to the right in the direction of the Silent Valley reservoir. Follow the trail, crossing 2 stiles before making your way downhill again towards the reservoir embankment. Way-markers guide you through the woodland area, past Sally Lough and back to the main car park.
Silent Valley reservoir, Watertown, Mourne wall, granite quarry and natural heritage
The route begins in the main car park reached through the gates on the Head Road on the south side of the Mournes. The Silent Valley is sign posted for drivers travelling south from Newcastle and north from Kilkeel. There is an entrance fee.
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.
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.
Toilets and refreshments available during summer months and public holidays at Silent Valley restaurant and information centre or in nearby Kilkeel.
Disabled parking and toilets