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Nature’s harvest walk at Crom

Walking trail

Discover a tranquil autumnal landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins, on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.

The beautiful colours of autumn and a variety of wildlife

Crom is one of the UK’s most important nature reserves, with the largest area of oak woodland in Northern Ireland, perfect for harvesting those autumn berries. There's a wonderful variety of wildlife out and about at this time of year, including wading birds, red squirrels and a thriving otter population.

View of Crom Estate

Map

Map route for nature's harvest walk at Crom

Start:

Visitor centre, grid ref: H332244

1

Start at the visitor centre; its barns are a roosting site for bats, with seven different species inhabiting this area. Look at the walls to see the little holes that act as their doorways. Please note: the visitor centre is shut from October to mid-March, but you can still see the roosting bats if they're out and about. Turn left as you leave the yard and walk along the old carriageway towards Crom Castle for a short while before turning left again through a gate into the parkland.

2

Follow the path to the Old Castle. Here you'll encounter one of the oldest yew trees in Ireland. Estimates of its age vary between 400 and 1,000 years. Be careful not to damage its roots or branches.

3

Continue along the loughside, past the pretty boathouse, before crossing the White Bridge onto Inisherk Island. Around here, and around points 4 and 5, you can harvest fruits and berries from the hedgerows and bushes. Be careful to only pick berries that you know are safe, such as blackberries and raspberries.

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4

Make a little loop of the island, passing the walled garden. Here, and at point 5, you should keep a look out for rare red squirrels, which you may see foraging for nuts to store for winter.

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Red squirrel

5

Cross back over the bridge and turn left, taking a path through trees with Upper Lough Erne on your left and the grounds of Crom Castle to your right.

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6

Reach the castle's main drive and continue walking until a path breaks off to your right near the small inland Lough Nalughoge.

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7

Continue on to return to the visitor centre and car park.

End:

Visitor centre, grid ref: H332244

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Nature’s harvest walk at Crom

Terrain

The grounds are partly accessible to wheelchair users. Grass and woodland pathways are free of slopes with reasonably smooth and level surfaces, but can be muddy. Other waymarked paths offer shorter walks.

Dogs are welcome on leads.

Nature’s harvest walk at Crom

Contact us

Telephone: 028 6773 8118

Email: crom@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crom/

Nature’s harvest walk at Crom

How to get here

Address
Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, BT92 8AP
By road

3 miles (4.8km) west of Newtownbutler on Newtownbutler to Crom road or follow signs from Lisnaskea, 7 miles (11.3km). Crom is next to Shannon-Erne waterway. For sat navs: BT92 8AP.

By ferry

Ferry from Derrymore church (book 24 hours in advance).

By bus

Ulsterbus 95, Enniskillen to Clones (connections from Belfast), alight Newtownbutler, 3 miles (4.8km).

By bicycle

2 miles (3.2km) of National Cycle Network Route 91 (the Kingfisher Trail), runs through the property.

Nature’s harvest walk at Crom

Facilities and access

  • Afternoon tea, toilets and gift shop available in the visitor centre
  • Dogs welcome on leads