The Narnia Trail
This family loop trail takes you through woodland at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. The famous writer, C S Lewis, as a young boy, spent much holiday time in the Mournes and Rostrevor in particular, allowing him to imagine, dream and wonder, and inspiring his creation of the magical world of Narnia. ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ have sold over 100 million copies. Lewis is reported to have written a letter to his brother saying:
“That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia”
This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.
Distance 0.5 miles
OS Map Mourne Outdoor Pursuits Map 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 Sheet 29
Terrain Flat woodland, gentle inclines
Nearest Town Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Newry
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J18582 18022
Route Type Forest, Woodland
The walk starts and finishes within Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor and brings to life the Chronicles of Narnia with a number of features along the route. The trail is entered, like the magical world of Narnia itself, through a ‘Wardrobe Door’, beyond which lies a land filled with strange and intriguing creatures.
Enter at your peril, as the White Witch has put a curse on the land. It is always winter and never Christmas – and she can turn you into stone. Be warned, don’t eat any “enchanted” Turkish Delight! Other features along the way include ‘The Lamp Post’, ‘The Beaver’s House’ and ‘Aslan’s Table’. These features offer many opportunities to interact and take photos/selfies.
Narnia Sculptures and features including a maze
Kilbroney Park is located on the Shore Road (A2) which leads to Kilkeel. The trail is located in the parkland, which can be accessed via the main reception and cafe building. Alternatively, pedestrian access from the village is via the Fairy Glen entrance to the park.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on the lead at all times.
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:
– Café – Kilbroney Park
– Disabled toilets – Kilbroney Park
– Disabled parking – Kilbroney Park
– Visitors Centre
– Shop – Shops in Rostrevor
– Café – Cafes and Restaurants in Rostrevor
- The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
- The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6 degrees
- Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
- There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
- Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.