Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk
The Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk is a fun woodland adventure that features a good amount of elevation gain and some nice views through the tree cover. While out walking the trail, you will make your way through the tranquil expanse of Rostrevor Forest, climbing up the hillside for some nice views of the nearby glacial fjord of Carlingford Lough. This trail isn’t overly long, but there are some challenging sections that will be sure to make you break a sweat.
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Route Description for Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk
While the Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk isn’t an overly difficult trail, there is a moderate amount of elevation gain and a few sections that will provide a bit of a challenge. Be sure to wear sturdy walking boots in order to stay comfortable along the route. Additionally, make sure to respect other walkers in the area and keep your dog on a leash.
If you enjoy woodland adventures that will provide a good workout, then you will definitely want to check out the Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk. There aren’t many amazing views along this walk; however, you will gain a few glimpses of nearby Carlingford Lough as you make your way up through the forested hillside. There are also a number of intersecting trails throughout the route that will allow you to extend your adventure if you so wish.
Setting out from the car park, you will make your way to the northeast along the road, following it along the forest hillside for a distance of 2.3 km. Throughout this portion of the walk, you will cross a bridge over a small stream and pass through the dense woodland terrain of the Rostrevor Forest, gaining occasional glimpses of the surrounding landscape through the tree cover.
After reaching the northeastern corner of the route, you will turn to the southwest along the road and follow it down the hillside, enjoying this downhill portion of the walk as you stroll through the forest. Keeping left at any of the major forks, you will continue along the road for 2.5 km until you arrive back at the car park where you began the Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk.
Located in the southern portion of Northern Ireland, Carlingford Lough is a glacial fjord that forms an international boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The lough is fed by the Newry River and is one of only three glacial fjords in Ireland. Its name comes from the Old Norse Kerlingfjǫrðr, meaning narrow sea inlet of the hag.
Insider Hints for Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk
- Make sure to wear proper walking boots, as some of the terrain here is uneven and can be fairly muddy.
- Make sure to keep your dog on a lead.
Getting to the Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk Trailhead
The trailhead for the Rostrevor Forest and Slievebane Circular Walk can be found southeast of Rostrevor, next to the car park that is 1.3 km southeast of the Cloughmore Centre.
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