Lake Walk extension at Castle Coole

Enjoy the Lake Walk at Castle Coole                                 © Matthew Antrobus

Enjoy the Lake Walk at Castle Coole

Latest update 27.03.2014 15:24

An extension to the Lake Walk at Castle Coole is now open, enhancing the outdoor experience for walkers. Castle Coole is located on the edge of Enniskillen, and is a favourite spot for local walking enthusiasts.

The existing Lake Walk opened in 2009, bringing some of the history of the scenic estate back to life.

Speaking at the launch of the new trail, Heather Thompson, Northern Ireland Director for the National Trust said; ‘The new Lake Trail is a fabulous addition to the offer here at Castle Coole. The walk forms part of an original carriage drive around Lough Coole and provides beautiful vistas across the lake, allowing visitors to take in breath-taking views of the mansion and surrounding countryside.

‘I would encourage visitors to come and experience this new addition to the Fermanagh tourism offer.’

Over the winter months the new link path was created to connect the main visitor car park directly to the Lake Walk. The 600metre path gently meanders through woodland at the edge of the car park and joins the Lake Walk next to the old boat house. The extension was created at a cost of £12,000, and was constructed by a local contractor with the assistance of the Castle Coole Ranger team and volunteers.

The route of the new pathway is located near where the original Queen Anne House stood, which was built in 1709 predating the present Castle Coole mansion by 90 years. The path takes you through a picturesque area steeped in history, passing by the edge of the historic bowling green and sunken gardens with views of the Banjo Lake and ancient Rookery Wood.

A geophysical survey is underway on the Queen Ann site, and we hope to carry out an archaeological dig to uncover what lies below. Interpretation panels will be introduced to keep visitors informed about the ongoing work.

The new link walk creates a hub for visitors at the main car park, close to the visitor facilities, and will be the starting point for the Beech Walk, Gortgonnell and Lake Walk.