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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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Trailhead Facilities
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Paid Car Parking

£4.50 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: 17/10/14

Please note, there was be increased traffic on the Crow Road (in Castlewellan Forest Park) on Sat 18th Oct as the Down Rally will be using it as an access road to the car park. Mountain Bikers are asked to exercise caution whilst this section of the forest park is open to vehicles. 

Work is currently taking place on anew network of walking trails throughout forest park. Please be aware of construction teams operating throughout the forest and exercise caution at waymarker junctions 20, 24, 25, 34, 36 & 44.

Located at the trailhead, Life offer bike hire from £17 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

Trail Ranger Update: 21/07/14

All trails open. No diversions in place. 

 

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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.

IS THIS TRAIL FOR YOU?

Conditions

Work is currently taking place on a new network of walking trails throughout Castlewellan Forest Park. Mountain bikers should be aware of construction teams operating throughout the forest and should exercise extra caution at waymarker junctions 20, 24, 25, 34, 36 & 44. 

No diversions in place. 

 

 

 

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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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