Walking

Walking trail

Mount Stewart Winter Walk

Walking trail

Treat yourself to a gentle winter stroll around this beautiful lake and World Heritage Site-nominated gardens, which reflect the seasonal changes brilliantly with their large variety of flora and fauna.

Why not end your walk with a visit to our cosy Tea Room?

White stag at Mount Stewart

Map

Map route for Mount Stewart autumn walk

Start:

Reception area Mount Stewart, OSNI grid ref: J553695

1

Starting your walk from the main reception area at Mount Stewart, make your way round to the north front of the mansion, where you will find tree species such as Monkey Puzzle, Californian Redwood and Australian Cordylines, illustrating the many different species found here. Join the wide gravelled path, which meanders left towards the lake.

2

After passing a little wooden jetty you will come to a bank with a seat set into the wall. Over to the left you can spot the south facing bank, Tir Nan Òg, meaning Land of the Ever Young in Scots Gaelic.

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3

On reaching the bottom of the hill you can either follow the Rock Walk or the gravel walk alongside Jubilee Avenue, where you can spot the statue of the White Stag.

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4

Crossing the little stone bridge over the stream brings you to Lady's Walk; following this track will shorten your walk and set you on the path back to the mansion house (Please note: for the full walk route please skip this section and go to direction 5 below). In the 18th century, ladies used the original path here to take their outdoor exercise. The path is lined with Oregon Douglas fir trees and before the path descends to the north lawns you can get a good view of the mansion house. Spend a few minutes here on the tiny, tranquil island with a wonderful view of Tir Nan Òg opposite. Lady's Walk eventually rejoins with the gravelled path that takes you back to the mansion house where you began your walk.

5

Alternatively, walk past the bridge and Lady's Walk and continue forward from Jubilee Avenue onto Rhododendron Hill, which rises up to the left. There are several paths here which take you through swathes of flower and tree-lined tracks. Follow these round until you get a good view of house before the path descends steeply to the stone vase, north lawns and eventually back to the mansion house. From here why not stop off to warm your cockles in our Tea Room, which serves a variety of delicious locally sourced food, hot drinks and snacks.

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End:

Reception area Mount Stewart, OSNI grid ref: J553695

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Mount Stewart Winter Walk

Terrain

Easy to moderate walking conditions on pathways and lawn, mostly level access with some gravel.

Mount Stewart Winter Walk

Contact us

Mount Stewart Winter Walk

How to get here

Address
Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT22 2AD
By train

Bangor, 10 miles (16km).

By road

15 miles (24km) south-east of Belfast on Newtownards-Portaferry Road, A20, 5 miles (8km) south-east of Newtownards.

By bus

Ulsterbus 10, Belfast to Portaferry, alight at gates.

Mount Stewart Winter Walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets located in Mount Stewart reception area