Cycle Northern Ireland -

Castle Ward Shore Trail

This wide flat linear trail is suitable for all abilities. The trail has a smooth consistent surface and no physical barriers. As it is ‘multi-use’, as well as other cyclists, expect horses and walkers and a range of other users.

Nearest TownStrangford
Distance1.2 miles
OS Map21
Route TypeCoastal
Route ShapeLinear
Public RoadsOff Public Road
AONBStrangford Lough
Grid Ref (Start)J575497
Grid Ref (End)J575497


This trail has a smooth, flat surface. It is at least 1.5m wide at all times. There is a turning circle at the end of the trail.

Point of Interest

Historical built heritage including the Farm Yard and Castle Ward House.
Natural heritage including Strangford Lough and its wildlife.

Route Description

Starting in the Shore Car Park, this wide and flat trail follows the shore of Strangford Lough from the farm yard to Audley's Quay. It is at least 1.5m wide at all times. Accessible to everyone, the trail has a smooth consistent surface with no physical barriers. On reaching Audley's Quay, users should turn and retrace their steps back to the farm yard.

Expect other users on this trail traveling in both directions. This may include -

- Horses

- Walkers of all abilities

- A range of bikes including tandems, trikes, and bikes with tag a long trailers behind

- Wheelchair users and mobility scooters

Please do not take dogs with you while cycling

KEEP LEFT on this trail at all times.

Getting to the Start

Parking is available at the Shore Car Park within Castle Ward Demesne.




Parking, toilets, tea rooms, bike shop, bike hire, specialist equipment hire including tandems, tag-a-longs, trikes, wheelchairs and mobility scooters and a wheelchair tandem.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

This is an all ability trail.

As such it is -

- Wide - up to 1.5m at all times
- Flat at all times

It has -

- No physical barriers
- Good lines of sight at all times

Available Publication

Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map

Available at Castle Ward - various information points

This information is provided by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information will be amended accordingly.