Summer saunters in Fermanagh

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Get active this summer and explore the woodland walks at Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom 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, which forms an important backdrop to the mansion, is a tranquil walk through unspoilt nature.

From the car park beside the reception and tea-room take the steps up to the sign-posted 'Beech Wood Walk'. A surfaced path, the route takes you through woodland, planted around 1709 with beech, oak and Scots pine. The path takes you past the Ice House, which dates back to 1794, made of brick and shaped like an inverted cone with a dome vaulted top. Continue on the pathway for about 492 feet (150m) to a junction where energetic walkers can turn off for the Gortgonnell Walk, which takes a further 30 minutes to complete. Continuing on the Beech Wood Walk, you’ll soon see the front of the mansion and finish at the starting point at the top of the steps which lead back to the car park. The circular Lake Walk 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.

Trail distance: 0.5 miles (0.8km) circular

Florence Court - Lady's Well, Yew Tree and Glen Wood Trail
Florence Court, a beautiful eighteenth century demesne nestled at the foot of Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains, is the perfect setting for a spring 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 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.

The path follows the edge of parkland along a woodland fringe, and beside the Larganess River, taking in the world famous Florence Court Yew Tree. The trail returns to the car park via the mansion, passing through the Pleasure Grounds where you can have a look at a number of interesting features, including the Ice House and Sawmill. The Glen Wood Trail is a more strenuous walk which 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.

Trail Distance: Lady’s Well Trail 1.5 miles (2.4km). Yew Tree Trail 2 miles (3.2km). Glen Wood Trail 5 miles (8km)

Crom Ghost Walk (grounds open 15 March-31 October)
This tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins, is home to a number of ghostly tales and unexplained spectral sightings.

Easy walking trail 3.5 miles (5.6km) allow 1 hour 10 minutes

Crom Wildlife Walk
Discover a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins. Crom is one of the UK’s most important nature reserves.

Easy walking trail 3.5 miles (5.6km) allow 1 hour 10 minutes

For more information on local walks visit www.walkni.com.