Autumn and winter in Fermanagh
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Get active this autumn and winter and explore the woodland walks at Florence Court and Castle Coole in County Fermanagh.
Castle Coole: Beech Wood Trail
Castle Coole, the seat of the Earls of Belmore, is a magnificent 18th-century mansion and landscape park on the edge of Enniskillen. It provides a delightful escape to the country for locals and visitors alike. The Beech Wood Trail is a tranquil walk (0.5 miles, 0.8km) through the unspoilt beech wood that forms a backdrop to the mansion.
The circular Lake Walk, 1.2 miles, (1.8km) around Lough Coole, also offers breathtaking views and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that lives on, in and around Lough Coole.
Florence Court: Lady’s Well, Yew Tree and Glen Wood Trail
Florence Court, a beautiful 18th-century demesne nestled at the foot of Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains, is the perfect setting for an autumnal walk.
Three circular trails, marked by coloured arrows, wind through the forest leading you into some of the park’s most beautiful wooded areas and viewpoints. The Lady’s Well Trail, 1.5 miles (2.4km), is a short gentle walk, skirting the edge of the parkland in front of the mansion house. For a slightly longer walk, have a go at the Yew Tree Trail, 2 miles (3.2km), to see the world-famous Florence Court yew tree. The Glen Wood Trail, 5 miles (8km), is a more strenuous walk that takes you deeper into the forest, with the reward of beautiful views of the estate and surrounding countryside. For part of the route the trail follows the Finglass River and then passes into the narrow wooded glen which forms the Glen Wood Forest Nature Reserve.
For further information on local walks visit www.walkni.com