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Castlewellan Forest, Down

Badger Rating 4.0/5
With superb red (including black options), blue and green grade trails, and a pump-track, Castlewellan is a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Really does have plenty for everyone.

Getting There

Castlewellan is 8 miles NW of Newcastle on the A50, or signposted off the A24 Belfast Newcastle road from Clough (A25).  Park right at the trail head in the Forest Park itself.

Trail Description

One of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, the world's second largest hedge maze, a pump-track, incredible panoramic views and flowing singletrack; all right beside the lively village of Castlewellan.

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1= Rubbish      5= Badgertastic!
  • the black trails are great , fantastic views some of the hills are steep , stopped in a place called urban coffee after, great sandwiches great coffee
  • Something for everyone ... kids to experts. Some brutal short climbs on the main trails and challenging single tracks. Awesome views.
  • Comments
    Monday Nighters rode Castlewellan for the first time on Saturday 17th - perfect weather, great trails. Very impressed and as good as anything we've ridden locally.
  • good trails any one what time do you go to the forest mabbye we can arrange to meet up
    any info
    just email me here
  • love it..go once a week its that good!
  • Xc trail is great!
  • I really like this place. The XC loop that is used for the race every year is superb. More people should try it.
  • The trail around the lake is a fun way to get the kids out riding.
  • The xc course is spot on
  • Lots of fire roads to explore with a good gradient to work your way up.
    The XC loop towards the "back" of the forest is a great blast. A long lung busting climb up fire roads and then lots of great technical singletrack the whole way back down to the lake.

NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.