This circular walk around the Silent Valley Reservoir highlights the various elements of the Valley’s engineering hub.

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Silent Valley Reservoir Walk

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  • Beautiful, as always but disappointed that shuttle bus was not available! Appears to be a service provided at the whim of the operator.

    Philip at 11:07 am
  • County Down

    Distance 1 mile

    OS Map Sheet 29

    Terrain Easy well laid paths

    Nearest Town Kilkeel

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J30586 21034

    Route Type Parkland & Grassland

    Route Description

    Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the orange arrows for the Reservoir trail. This circular route highlights the various elements of the Valley’s engineering hub with the Mourne mountains and the 22 mile long Mourne Wall acting as a backdrop.

    Point of Interest

    Spectacular views of the Mourne mountains, model of ‘cut-off trenches’, the Valley’s filter plant, the boat house, Silent Valley overflow (or plughole) and the Valley’s valve tower.

    Getting to the start

    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.

    Public transport

    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.

    Dog Policy

    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