Cycle Northern Ireland -

Castle Ward Farm Trail

This trail leads along the shores of Strangford Lough and then winds through woodland and farmland before a narrow descent back to the car park. This trail leads through fields where there may be livestock.

Follow the ORANGE waymarker disks with the words Boundary Trail around the edge.

Nearest TownStrangford
Distance2.5 miles
OS Map21
Route TypeCoastal, Parkland and Grassland, Woodland
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOff Public Road
AONBStrangford Lough
Grid Ref (Start)J575497
Grid Ref (End)J575497


The trail has an even surface throughout. A mix of wide, flat paths and two short sections of narrow, twisting singletrack. There is one road crossing.

Point of Interest

Historical built heritage including the Farm Yard, Audley's Castle & Castle Ward House.
Natural heritage including Strangford Lough, areas of farmland and woodland.

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. After crossing the Audleystown Road (watch out for vehicles), the trail leads firstly through some woodland and then some open fields.

After passing the back of the old walled garden with its high red brick wall, keep left and follow the trail through a short singletrack section through woodland. The trail then leads along an old farm track, before turning left downhill and through an underpass. Turn left onto the final descent, a twisting singeltrack trail through the dense laurel. Turn right to reach the Shore Car Park.

Expect other users on the trails - walkers on the singletrack sections and horses and walkers on the wider multi use sections.

This trail has an even surface throughout and is narrow in places, with some steeper gradients and numerous gates to open and close.

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

Please do not take dogs with you while cycling as this may disturb or upset 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).

Getting to the Start

Parking for cyclists 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.


There is a road crossing on the minor Audleystown Road.


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

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

This trail is designed for competent walkers and cyclists. The trail is narrow up to 90cm wide in places with some tight bends and steep ascents and descents in places. There are numerous gates to be opened and closed.

Available Publication

Castle Ward Trail Guide (s) and Map

Available from 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.