Quality Walk

Argory Blackwater River Walk

Follow the River Blackwater around the estate and cross the industrial age-Bond’s Bridge.




2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 19

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Riverside, Woodland


Variety of surfaces

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Herons and Kingfishers are frequently seen the area

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

From the carpark follow the sign for Bond's bridge / ferry path. This starts at the bottom of the carpark. At the end of the path there is a set of large steps. At the top of the steps turn left and go through the kissing gate onto the river bank. Follow the path along the river and keep an eye out for fluttering kingfishers. They lazily fly over water and swoop down to spear fish with their sharp beaks. As the path comes to an end along the river turn left onto the causeway which runs between the meadows. At the end of the causeway you will approach Meadow Cottage. Turn left again and follow the avenue back to the carpark.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

The Argory lies 4 miles from Charlemont. Drivers can leave the M1 at exit 13 and follow the brown signs.

Getting to the Start (on Foot)

Cyclists can reach the estate on NCN 95 and for canoeists there is an access point on the River Blackwater at The Argory and Bond's Bridge.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled toilets


Tea room, toilet facilities, picnic area and playground

Please see the National Trust NI Website for updated opening times.



Publication Availability


Walk Location
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