Theme : A circular trail around the farmyard and following the Strangford Lough shoreline
TThe trail continues through atmospheric woodland across a public road and then through another section of woodland before reaching open farmland providing great views across the 18th century landscaped park.Taking a left and following the boundary wall it eventually reaches a mature coniferous woodland and then branches left and becomes singletrack, incorporating some sharp bends and steep drops to the side. The trail crosses a bridge and continues through beautiful landscape and historic grounds providing outstanding views of Castle Ward house and across Strangford Lough towards the village of Portaferry. The last section crosses the deer park and leads on to Strangford Avenue to the lough shore and back to the farmyard.
For an alternative shorter walk, follow the Farm Trail back to the farmyard. Leaving open farmland, the last short section of the trail is singletrack that twists and turns through dense woodland finally leading onto Strangford Avenue and back to the farmyard.
Wildlife in abundance can be seen throughout both trails. Along the shore look out for common seals, wildfowl and wading birds particularly during the winter months. Throughout the woodlands look for pine martens, buzzards, nesting herons and badgers at dawn and dusk.
The boundary trail si a circular route of 8 miles while the farm trail is 4 miles and also a circular route.
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