Nugent’s Wood walk
Enjoy a beautiful walk through wonderful mixed woodland at Nugent's Wood, where you can spot red squirrels and see bluebells, lesser celandine and cowslip in the spring.
The gate behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses, OSNI grid ref: J59129 50867
Start your walk at the gate found behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses.
Walk along the grass path, enjoying the views across the lough to Castle Ward Bay, until you find the squirrel sculpture.
Look down onto beautiful views of Strangford Lough and The Narrows. Castle Ward and Audley's Castle can also be seen on the other side of the Lough.
Continue along the path, passing a traditional wrought iron gate (recently restored by our rangers and volunteers), until you come to a set of steps on your right.
Red squirrels are a common sight around the Ards Peninsula, especially in area where there is woodland such as Nugent's Wood.
Take the steps up into the woodland – enjoy the wildflowers such as bluebells, lesser celandine and cowslip in the spring.
Nugent's Wood is mixed with beautiful woodland flowers, especially in the spring.
Follow the path under oak and beech trees, keeping an eye out for some great bracket fungus growing on the trees.
Follow the path round continuing down the steps to a bench where you can catch your breath and enjoy the tranquil sounds of woodland birds and the sounds of the shore.
Continue along, rejoining the original path and follow back to the starting point.
The gate behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses
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