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Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

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Tollymore Forest Park was the first state forest park in Northern Ireland, established on 2 June 1955. It is located at Bryansford, near the town of Newcastle in the Mourne and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It covers an area of 630 hectares (1,600 acres) at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and has views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at nearby Newcastle. The Shimna River flows through the park where it is crossed by 16 bridges, the earliest dating to 1726. The river is a spawning ground for salmon and trout and is an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to its geology, flora and fauna.

The forest has four walking trails signposted by different coloured arrows, the longest being the "long haul trail" at 8 miles (13 km) long. It was listed in The Sunday Times top twenty British picnic sites for 2000. The Forest Park has been managed by the Forest Service since they purchased it from the Roden Estate in 1941.

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  • On a fine morning we visited this ancient estate and walked about three miles on a suggested walk which took us through wooded landscape following the river uphill towards the Mourne mountains. The....  more
    On a fine morning we visited this ancient estate and walked about three miles on a suggested walk which took us through wooded landscape following the river uphill towards the Mourne mountains. The....  more »
  • Stunning place to visit, lots of walks you can do either in more woods or not, lots of places to stop and sit 
    Stunning place to visit, lots of walks you can do either in more woods or not, lots of places to stop and sit  more »
  • Good place to walk and the paths are firm under foot. The forest was in full leaf while I was there and so it was full of shadows with lots of little things to discover (stone turreted gateways... 
    Good place to walk and the paths are firm under foot. The forest was in full leaf while I was there and so it was full of shadows with lots of little things to discover (stone turreted gateways...  more »
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  • One of Northern Ireland's most beautiful forest parks, Tollymore have several different paths with many different things to view, It's a rather wonderful place and looks really attractive throughout the year. There's a great caravan/camping site in it, with toilets and showers. The views of the mountains is spectacular. Perfect place to hike or just have a gentle stroll in beautiful surroundings with a variety of marked trails from short, medium or long. £5 entrance to those in cars, but as a Forest Service park entrance is included in your annual membership, which is currently £40. Thoroughly enjoyable for a day trip or a short stay. It's close to Newcastle so one could spend half the day here and finish off with a trip to Newcastle beach during the longer summer days. Fantastic option for families. Really can't recommend Tollymore highly enough.
  • Great place for a hike or a stroll in beautiful surroundings with a variety of marked trails. I can fully recommend the river trail which is between 4.5km and 6km depending on whether to take the optional extension. If you are lucky you may spot some wildlife ( came face to face with a stunning deer on a previous visit ). The Shimna river is also known for it's Salmon at the the right time of year. £5 entrance to those in cars. Also, has camping grounds for those so inclined. Thoroughly enjoyable for a quick day trip.
  • Really nice walk around here. Some lovely little paths, wooded areas too. We went on the recent bank holiday and it still felt super secluded and not busy. Busy with bikes off the main trail, but would recommend venturing off.
  • such a beautiful park, there are many different paths with many different things to see and a large amount of places to take a seat and watch the nature, the place looks lovely when all the trees have leaves and the birds are chirping. There's also a great caravan site in it that is very reasonable and has great services like toilets and showers. The view of the mountains is a lovely site as night falls or sunrise.
  • A beautiful forest park which is situated around 2 miles away from Newcastle city. There are some historical bridged and constructions inside the park. Inside the park there are many rivers and small waterfalls. Also there are 3 Game of Thrones locations in the park. Number of trails are available which you can select according to your interest, which include some trails with high elevated areas and some others with mostly flat. I think the park is more attractive and beautiful in Autumn.

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