Walking

Walking trail

Nugent’s Wood walk

Walking trail

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.

Nugents Wood in Portaferry, County Down

Map

Map route for Nugent's Wood walk

Start:

The gate behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses, OSNI grid ref: J59129 50867

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Start your walk at the gate found behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses.

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Walk along the grass path, enjoying the views across the lough to Castle Ward Bay, until you find the squirrel sculpture.

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3

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.

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4

Take the steps up into the woodland – enjoy the wildflowers such as bluebells, lesser celandine and cowslip in the spring.

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5

Follow the path under oak and beech trees, keeping an eye out for some great bracket fungus growing on the trees.

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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.

7

Continue along, rejoining the original path and follow back to the starting point.

End:

The gate behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses

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Nugent’s Wood walk

Terrain

Grassy tracks.

Nugent’s Wood walk

Contact us

Nugent’s Wood walk

How to get here

Address
Portaferry, County Down, Northern Ireland
By road

A public car park is situated beside the Exploris Aquarium, From here, walk towards the seafront and turn right. The entrance to Nugent's Wood is behind the stone wall at the end of the row of houses.

Nugent’s Wood walk

Facilities and access

  • Public toilets at the car park
  • There are several popular cafés, restaurants and pubs in Portaferry