Trail Centre Conditions
Trail Ranger Update: 21/10/16
All trails open and riding well - however diversions may be in place. See below.
*There are a number of forestry operations planned for September – December 2016 within Castlewellan Forest Park. Diversions will be in place during the week but will be kept to a minimum on the weekends. The main areas affected will be in the forest around Them’s the Lakes (red), White Water Rapide (red) and The Great Escarpe (black), other smaller sections will also be affected. Please follow directions and use caution at all times as there will be increased forestry traffic within the park.
Located at the trailhead, Life offer bike hire from £20 per half day. Call 028 4377 0714 for more info.
This gentle circular trail hugs the lakeshore and passes past under the shadow of Castlewellan Castle. The biking is very easy with only one slight gradient incline on the north side of the lake.
This wide trail is ideal for young families and/or those giving mountain biking a go for the very first time.
Trail Conditions Good - All trails open as normal. No diversions in place.
This easy going blue trail begins by running parallel to Castlewellan Lake on an elevated singetrack trail with incredible panoramic views before rejoining the gentler green route back to the trailhead.
The first half of this trail undulates through woodland on singletrack with a number of rollers thrown in to make for a fun trail, perfect for those looking develop to their bike handling skills.
Update: 11/07/16 The Castlewellan Show will take place on Saturday 16 July. All trails will be open but the park is expected to be very busy. Please use appropriate caution on the trails especially where they may join or cross walking trails and forest roads
The red trail enjoys the initial flowing singletrack and incredible views found on the blue trail before splitting off and ascending behind Castlewellan Castle and past a number of little known smaller lakes.
The fun then really begins when both the red and black options descend either side of Slievenaslat before sweeping back around to Cypress Pond.
There is a further black option 'Dolly's Chute' set to get your heart racing with 'Moorish Return' always a crowd pleaser for the homeward leg back to the trailhead.
No trail diversions in place.
There will be a trail diversion in place on Sunday 2nd August due to Castlewellan hosting Round 5 of the XC National Points Series.
Riders will be diverted from waymarker 17 to 38 and will be asked to adhere to marshals' instructions throughout the trail centre. Everyone welcome to come along and spectate.