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Newcastle Way (Northern Ireland)

42 km / 26 miles

The walk in the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route follows the coastline from Newcastle around the promontory of Murlough. Lanes and farmland tracks lead inland, through the charming village of Maghera, and on to the town of Castlewellan. A circuit of Castlewellan Forest Park is followed by a mixture of rural footpaths and quiet country lanes heading towards Tollymore Forest Park. From the woodland trails there are splendid views of the Mournes and Dundrum Bay. Woods and parks lead back to Newcastle.

The Newcastle 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
Orange fern frond on blue background with path name
Northern Ireland Quality Walks; Paths marked on OS mapping; AONB; Coastal; Forest/Woodland
Start and Finish
J375309 - Visitor Information Centre, Newcastle, Down

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Newcastle Way - Walker's Guide (Walk Northern Ireland - 2011)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
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
29 (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - April 2011)
OS (NI) Activity Map
Mournes, including Slieve Croob (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland - 2009)

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