Quality Walk

Silent Valley Reservoir Walk

This circular walk around the Silent Valley Reservoir highlights the various elements of the Valley’s engineering hub.




1 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Parkland & Grassland


Easy well laid paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Spectacular views of the Mourne mountains, model of ‘cut-off trenches’, the Valley’s filter plant, the boat house, Silent Valley overflow (or plughole) and the Valley’s valve tower.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the orange arrows for the Reservoir trail. This circular route highlights the various elements of the Valley’s engineering hub with the Mourne mountains and the 22 mile long Mourne Wall acting as a backdrop.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

During the summer months, Translink operate the Mourne Rambler Service- a circular route that stops at the gates of the Silent Valley. More information can be found on the Translink website.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The route begins in the main car park reached through the gates on the Head Road on the south side of the Mournes. The Silent Valley is sign posted for drivers travelling south from Newcastle and north from Kilkeel. There is an entrance fee.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled parking
Disabled toilets


Toilets and refreshments available during summer months and public holidays at Silent Valley restaurant and information centre or in nearby Kilkeel.

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