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Dundrum Coastal Path

A grassy track along a stretch of disused railway line on the western shore of Dundrum Inner Bay. The area is of significant conservation importance with a variety of semi-natural habitats including herb-rich grassland, scrub and a narrow fringe of saltmarsh. It is part of the Lecale Way and is a haven for birdwatchers.

Murlough Beach and Tyrella Beach are popular attractions found nearby.

County

Down

Nearest Town

Dundrum

Route Type

Coastal

AONB

Lecale Coast

Grid Ref (Start)

J409373

Distance

1.7 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Route Shape

Linear

On/Off Road

Off Public road

Grid Ref (End)

J422394

terrain

Grassy track

route description

The trail begins in the small National Trust carpark. To the east of the trail are the waters of Dundrum Inner Bay or at low tide its estuarine sands and muds. The area is of very high interest for its marine life and is part of the Murlough Special Area of Conservation. It is important for wildfowl and waders in the winter such as oystercatcher, lapwing, redshank, curlew, black-tailed godwit, turnstone and grey plover due to the relatively mild climate and abundance of food found on the mudflats.

The gentle shelving shoreline of Dundrum Inner Bay merges with the shingle and dunes of Murlough. Across the Bay lie the fertile plains of Lecale while behind the village on the summit of a rocky hill, stands one of Northern Ireland's most evocative medieval ruins - Dundrum Castle.

Turn left and continue along the trail following the waymarkers if necessary. The path follows the old railway line and opposite Ardilea Bridge an artificial embankment carries the track across the Inner Bay. The trail ends just beyond the bridge at Widow's Row, a small group of 19th century fishing cottages. Cyclists can return to the carpark by the same route.

getting to the start

Turn right off the main A2 from Belfast to Newcastle, just a few hundred yards before entering Dundrum village to reach the small National Trust car park.

traffic

The path forms part of the Lecale Way and is popular with walkers. Also be respectful of birdwatchers.

facilities

Carpark, bike racks, picnic table and National Trust holiday cottage. National Trust coffee shop nearby at Murlough main carpark.

information for People with a Disability

Off-road / grassy path which may become boggy when wet

available publications

Lecale Way leaflet

CAAN and Tourist Information Centres

Cycle hire

Life Adventure Centre Castlewellan
Life Adventure Centre Grange Courtyard Forest Park Castlewellan
Email: iwant@onegreatadventure.com
Phone: +44 (0)2843770714
Web: www.onegreatadventure.com

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