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CASTLEWELLAN

Overview

Welcome to the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails powered by Chain Reaction Cycles.

One of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views and flowing singletrack; all just minutes from the lively village of Castlewellan.

Castlewellan Forest Park boasts all of this and more. With green, blue and red grade trails (including black options) Castlewellan is a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.

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All riders are reminded that Castlewellan Forest Park is a shared space used by families, walkers and horse riders. Please watch your speed when using forestry roads or where MTB trails intersect with other trails and roads.

Trailhead Facilities
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Paid Car Parking

£5 per car / £12.50 per minibus

Cafe
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Showers

Charge Applies

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Bike Hire

Located at the trailhead, Life offer a range of Bike Hire. Call 028 4377 0714 for more info.

Toilets
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Bike Wash

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Trail Centre Conditions

Trail Ranger Update: 16/08/16

All trails open and riding well.

*21st August 2016 - Ulster XC Series Round 5, Mountain Bike Race will take place in Castlewellan Forest Park. All trails will be closed for this event. For the practice day on 20th August all trails will remain open.

Located at the trailhead, Life offer bike hire from £20 per half day. Call 028 4377 0714 for more info.

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This gentle circular trail hugs the lakeshore and passes past under the shadow of Castlewellan Castle. The biking is very easy with only one slight gradient incline on the north side of the lake.

This wide trail is ideal for young families and/or those giving mountain biking a go for the very first time. 

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Conditions

Trail Conditions Good - All trails open as normal.  No diversions in place.

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This easy going blue trail begins by running parallel to Castlewellan Lake on an elevated singetrack trail with incredible panoramic views  before rejoining the gentler green route back to the trailhead.

The first half of this trail undulates through woodland on singletrack with a number of rollers thrown in to make for a fun trail, perfect for those looking develop to their bike handling skills. 

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Conditions

Update: 11/07/16 The Castlewellan Show will take place on Saturday 16 July. All trails will be open but the park is expected to be very busy. Please use appropriate caution on the trails especially where they may join or cross walking trails and forest roads

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The red trail enjoys the initial flowing singletrack and incredible views found on the blue trail before splitting off and ascending behind Castlewellan Castle and past a number of little known smaller lakes.

The fun then really begins when both the red and black options descend either side of Slievenaslat before sweeping back around to Cypress Pond.

There is a further black option 'Dolly's Chute' set to get your heart racing with 'Moorish Return' always a crowd pleaser for the homeward leg back to the trailhead.

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Conditions

No trail diversions in place.

 

 

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There will be a trail diversion in place on Sunday 2nd August due to Castlewellan hosting Round 5 of the XC National Points Series. 

Riders will be diverted from waymarker 17 to 38 and will be asked to adhere to marshals' instructions throughout the trail centre. Everyone welcome to come along and spectate. 

 

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A Down District Council facility. This project was funded by:

Down District CouncilSport NIForest Service NIOutdoor Recreation NINewry and Mourne District CouncilNorthern Ireland Tourist BoardDestination Mourne & Ring of Gullion
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