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    Helen’s Tower Walk

    Difficulty
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    Easy
    Duration
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    1-1.5h
    Distance
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    4.2 km
    Elevation
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    122 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Helen’s Tower Walk is a quick adventure in County Down that will lead you slightly uphill to an historic tower. While out walking the trail, you will make your way through the forest and pass by Tower Lake, before making your way to the 19th Century Helen’s Tower that was built by the 5th Baron of Duffern and Claneboy. This is a great walking route that doesn’t take up too much time and is well-suited for anyone with historical interests.

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    Route Description for Helen’s Tower Walk

    Constructed by Frederick Temple-Blackwood, the 5th Baron of Dufferin and Claneboye and named after his mother Helen, Helen’s tower is an exceptional example of Scottish Baronial architecture and is situated atop a small hill, providing some nice views over the surrounding landscape. This makes the route an excellent option for anyone interested in history or science views.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the southeast along the track and follow it past the waters of Tower Lake. Shortly after passing by the lake, you will make a sharp right along the trail and head through the dense cover of the forest. After climbing uphill through the woodland landscape, you will arrive at the site of Helen’s Tower, where you can explore the 19th Century structure and the surrounding area. After you have finished, simply follow the same trail back to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Helen’s Tower Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Helen’s Tower Walk can be found next to a small layby on Crawfordsburn Road, just 3.5 km north of Newtownards.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-Round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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