Dundrum Coastal Path
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A short coastal cycle with views across Dundrum Inner Bay
The trail begins in the small National Trust carpark on grassy track. To the east of the trail are the waters of Dundrum Inner Bay or at low tide its estuarine sands and muds. The area is of very high interest for its marine life and is part of the Murlough Special Area of Conservation. It is important for wildfowl and waders in the winter such as oystercatcher, lapwing, redshank, curlew, black-tailed godwit, turnstone and grey plover due to the relatively mild climate and abundance of food found on the mudflats.
The gentle shelving shoreline of Dundrum Inner Bay merges with the shingle and dunes of Murlough. Across the Bay lie the fertile plains of Lecale while behind the village on the summit of a rocky hill, stands one of Northern Ireland's most evocative medieval ruins - Dundrum Castle.
Turn left and continue along the trail following the waymarkers if necessary. The path follows the old railway line and opposite Ardilea Bridge an artificial embankment carries the track across the Inner Bay. The trail ends just beyond the bridge at Widow's Row, a small group of 19th century fishing cottages. Cyclists can return to the carpark by the same route.
Public roads: Off Public Road
Getting to the start: Turn right off the main A2 from Belfast to Newcastle, just a few hundred yards before entering Dundrum village to reach the small National Trust car park.
Traffic: The path forms part of the Lecale Way and is popular with walkers. Also be respectful of birdwatchers.