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Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails

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The 4km green trail is a gentle circular trail that hugs the lakeshore and passes past under the ...

The 4km green trail is a gentle circular trail that 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.

The 4.5km blue trail travels 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.

The 19km 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.

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start: From Belfast take the A24 towards Newcastle and turn off at Clough Village onto the A25 road to Newry. Castlewellan town is approximately 8 kilometres from this junction and the Forest Park entrance is signposted off the main street.

Traffic: May encounter Forest Service vehicles or timber lorries. During the fishing season (March to November) may also encounter cars belonging to anglers