Quality Walk

Castle Ward Castle Trail

This walking trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then through Audley's wood before returning to the farmyard on the minor Audleystown Road. This trail leads through fields where there may be livestock.

Follow the PINK waymarker disks with the words 'Castle Trail' around the edge.




1.8 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Coastal, Woodland


Off road level path & minor road

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Farm Yard, Audley's Castle & Castle Ward House.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Strangford Lough

Route Description

Starting in the Shore Car Park, this circular trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then around Audley's Castle through the surrounding woodland. On reaching the Audleystown Road, turn left and follow this minor road back to the Farm Yard.

Expect other users on the trails - including a range of walkers and horses.

The off road section of this trail has an even surface throughout.

The road section is along a minor road.

Please ensure all gates are closed after passing through. Many of these enclose livestock.

Users MUST follow the direction of travel as indicated by the waymarkers – this will enable you to see oncoming users, especially horses (where trails are multi use).


* Please note that National Trust entrance pricing applies for this walk. Please see the link below for details *

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Parking for walkers is in the Shore Car Park within Castle Ward Demesne. The car park is clearly signed from the main entrance drive. There is an information panel and map in the Shore Car Park.

Getting to the Start (on Foot)

From the main entrance to Castle Ward, follow the signs to the Shore Car Park where there is an information panel and map.


Dogs are allowed. Keep dogs under control at all times

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled parking
Disabled toilets


Car park, toilets, tea room, bike hire, gift shop, book shop


Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map

Publication Availability

Guide and Map available from Castle Ward - various information points. Map also available to download on this page.

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
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