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A family of two adults and two children are walking along a gravel trail at Castle Ward, County Down. In focus in the foreground is a wooden pillar with six National Trust trail markers in different colours.
Family walking along the Boundary Trail, Castle Ward | © National Trust Images/John Miller
Northern Ireland

Castle Ward Boundary Trail

This challenging walking trail around the boundary of Castle Ward starts at the shore and takes you through woodland and farmland. Along the way, you'll pass Audley's Castle, cross the Deer Park and take in views of the mansion.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Shore car park, OSNI grid ref: NW677031

Step 1

Follow the line of the shore trail. This trail is multi-use so expect horses, bikes and a range of other users.

Step 2

Continue following the trail around Audley's Castle.

Step 3

Cross the Audleystown Road onto the farm trail. Follow the trail through mature woodland to West Park behind the old walled garden.

Step 4

Turn right towards the boundary wall before contouring through the farmland to reach Mallard Plantation, a mature coniferous woodland.

Step 5

Follow the trail as it branches left. Please note that here, the trail becomes a narrow single track for cyclists and walkers only. Follow the trail to Base Camp, then cross a bridge and continue through the landscape.

Step 6

Cross the road at the main entrance to the property and continue through the historic grounds of Windmill Plantation. Cross Church Walk with a view of Castle Ward house to the left.

Step 7

Continue across Deer Park to Strangford Avenue and the shore car park.

End point

Shore car park, OSNI grid ref: NW677031

Trail map

Castle Ward boundary trail map
Castle Ward boundary trail | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 7BA

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