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Orange fern frond on blue background with path nameLecale Way

76 km / 47 miles

The Lecale Way starts from the St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, close to Down Cathedral where the saint is buried. The route is mostly on minor road to reach Audley's Castle and the Castle Ward Estate on the shores of Strangford Lough. The next section takes in Kilclief Castle, an impressive tower house, and the dramatic natural scenery along the Ballyhornan Coastal Path. The path continues through the abandoned settlement of Sheepland to St Patrick's Well. Note that in October the section between Ballyhornan and St Patrick's Well may be closed for conservation reasons.

A stretch of road walking leads through the coastal village of Ardglass, further road walking is punctuated by the Killough Coastal Path and St John's Point lighthouse. The road is eventually left for the Dundrum Coastal Path, which follows the line of a dismantled railway along the shore of Dundrum Inner Bay.

After the village of Dundrum a boardwalk path leads through the Murlough nature reserve, with its extensive dunes, to the beach at Newcastle with views of the Mourne mountains across the bay. The path ends at the visitor information centre in Newcastle. This point also marks the start of the Mourne Way and the Newcastle Way.

The Lecale Way is one of ten Waymarked Ways, a series of accredited walking routes that pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country ranging in length from 20 to 47 miles. These walking routes with waymarked posts have excellent infrastructure in place. Interpretation panels throughout the walks provide interesting information on local history, natural features and wildlife. The Waymarked Ways are: Antrim Hills Way, Causeway Coast Way, Cuilcagh Way, Lecale Way, Mourne Way, Moyle Way, Newcastle Way, Newry Canal Way, Ring of Gullion Way and Sliabh Beagh Way.


Path Type
Northern Ireland Quality Routes
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Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Northern Ireland Quality Walks; Easy; Coastal; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Religious
J483445 - St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, Down
J375309 - Visitor Information Centre, Newcastle, Down
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External PDF
Lecale Way - Walker's Guide (Walk Northern Ireland - 2013)
Lecale Way - Walker's Guide (Newcastle (NI) Visitor Information Centre - 2013)
Mournes Walks (O'Brien Press Limited - 2015 3rd edition)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Other Paper Maps:
OS (NI) Discoverer
21 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)
OS (NI) Discoverer
29 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)
OS (NI) Activity Map
Strangford Lough (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - 2008)

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