Winter walks at Castle Ward

Fantastic views can be seen from Audley's Castle across the Lough before the trail meanders into the woodlands..

Excercise mind and body this winter with a walk around the stunning landscape of Castle Ward.

Winters can be long, dark and a little dreary in this part of the world, but we all know how much a walk in nature can do to change our mindset. Take time out of the madness of Christmas shopping and family commitments, and enjoy a peaceful winter walk at Castle Ward.

The colours may have faded but there is still plenty to notice in winter. Spot the visiting birds by the shore, enjoy new views that can only be seen when the trees lose their leaves, and take note of the sights and sounds of winter. Leaves crunch under foot, frost covers the ground and misty morning walks make for incredible views.

Get on your warmest hats and get exploring.

Here are three of our favourite winter spots at Castle Ward.

Loughshore to Audleys Castle

Take in the stunning scenary of Strangford Lough. Make sure you bring a camera and see if you can spot any seals. The coast around Audley's Castle might be a tad brisk, but the views of the lights of Portaferry and Strangford are worth braving the elements.

Seals basking on Strangford Lough near Castle Ward
Seals basking on Strangford Lough near Castle Ward
Seals basking on Strangford Lough near Castle Ward

Shore Trail

A circular trail which meanders along the shoreline, stopping at the bird hide and returning along the avenue, the Shore Trail is a great spot for families all year round. stop in the bird hide to catch sight of any of the birds which travel to Strangord Lough for the winter, and let the kids explore the play areas and obstacles along the way.

Take your bikes on Loughshore trail at Castle Ward
Take your bikes on Loughshore trail at Castle Ward
Take your bikes on Loughshore trail at Castle Ward

Mountain Wood

The area behind our admission hut is referred to as Mountain Wood, and where better to explore on a snowy winter day? There's nowhere like a snowy woodland scene to make you feel like you may have stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia for a second. Mountain Wood is perfect for exploring as it's home to lots of evergreens for some winter colour.

A frosty day in the woods is perfect for a winter walk.
A winter's day in a woodland
A frosty day in the woods is perfect for a winter walk.

The Stableyard Tea-room

A walk is great, but sometimes a walk which ends with a hot drink and a slice of something sweet is even better. Warm up in the tea-room in our Stableyard with our festive menu and a hot spiced apple juice from the Armagh Cider Company.

Enjoy festive treat and hot drink in our tea-room
A festive treat and tea in the Tea-room at Castle Ward
Enjoy festive treat and hot drink in our tea-room