Take in the views on the enchanting Lake Walk
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The enchanting Lake Walk at Castle Coole is a relatively new recreational facility, which has brought some of the history of the scenic estate back to life.
The walk forms part of the original historic track around the lake, which was created by Mr Armar in the late 18th-century. It provides a number of beautiful vistas across the lake, allowing our visitors to take in breathtaking views of the mansion and surrounding countryside.
The original walk or ‘drive’ was an important part of the Castle Coole Pleasure Grounds until 1908. It is shown on a map of c1783 associated with the Queen Ann House, which existed on the estate before the current mansion. The Lake Walk was rather fittingly recreated by the National Trust 100 years after its demise.
The dense reed beds around the margins of the lake, backed by alder and willow trees provide sanctuary for a whole array of water birds. Some of the birds which can be seen include mallard and tufted duck, mute swan, heron, great crested grebe, little grebe, water hen, coote and kingfisher. Snipe and wood-cock can be found in the wet woodland edges, with pheasant in the nearby woods.
Take a look to the skies and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of buzzards, sparrow hawks and jays. The surrounding area provides a welcoming home to badgers, foxes, grey squirrels, mink, otters and stoat, and there is the opportunity for more rare sightings of pine martin, red squirrel and sika deer if you find yourself in the right place at the right time. The vast variety of wildlife does not end there; the lake is also home to a wide number of underwater species, including pike, eel and perch.
The Lake Walk is just over a mile (1850 meters) long, and provides a perfect area for exercise, relaxation and learning for the people of Enniskillen and beyond.