Skip to content
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

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

Family autumn day at Castle Ward

Castle Ward 

Unique 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles

Downpatrick, County Down

Partially open today
Visitors exploring the shore of Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland

Castle Ward Shore Trail 

Follow this short accessible trail at Castle Ward, County Down and take in the beautiful surroundings and scenery of Strangford Lough and architecture of the castle.

Walking, Cycling
DistanceMiles: 1.2 (km: 1.92)
A grassy path, with two people on it, leads between trees towards water on the Castle Ward loughside trail at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

Loughside walk at Castle Ward 

Explore the waterside, with a ruined castle, woodland, an ornamental lake, follies and wildlife to spot along the way, on this easy circular walk.

DistanceMiles: 2.5 (km: 4)

Get in touch

Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 7BA

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

Walkers passing by a stream on Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains, County Down

Walking in Northern Ireland 

From hiking up Northern Ireland's highest mountain, Slieve Donard to dandering along the Lake Trail at Mount Stewart, discover walks for all abilities at the places in our care. Walking trails in Northern Ireland can stop you in your tracks as you step into the heart of legendary landscapes and coastline. Lace up for a memorable walk at many must-see places including the Giant's Causeway. Whether climbing a challenging coastal path or criss-crossing an ancient bog on a boardwalk, the walking routes at the places in our care lead you through nature, beauty and history.

Visitors at Castle Ward in autumn

Exploring the estate at Castle Ward 

Explore miles of trails, soak up coastal views and stroll through atmospheric woodland scenes. Tune into the seasons and see where Game of Thrones was filmed.

The Stableyard tearoom at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

Eating and shopping at Castle Ward 

Tuck into a seasonal menu and treat yourself or someone special in the shops. Watch artists in action or pick up a Game of Thrones memento.

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.

A hiker wearing an insulated jacket and a backpack watches the sunset over snowy mountain peaks


Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.