Information and Directions for common meeting points for walks

Kilbroney Park

Kilbroney Park is in Rostrevor village.  Take the Shore Road in the direction of Kilkeel and the entrance to Kilbroney Park is on your left.  We meet in the main Cafe Car Park.  There are toilet facilities in the cafe.

Silent Valley

From Hilltown turn right at the bottom of the town and head for SPELGA DAM.  After passing Spelga Dam turn right and follow this road for 10-15 minutes and you will see a sign on the left for SILENT VALLEY.  Turn left and continue on this road for and you will come to Silent Valley.  From Hilltown approx. 20minutes.

Gamekeeper's Lodge

From Hilltown turn right at the bottom of the village heading for Spelga Dam.  Pass Spelga Dam and take the right turn at the T junction 1km ahead.  Continue on this road for three miles passing Crocknafeola Wood on your right.  The Gamekeeper’s Lodge and the Bann’s Road Car Park are on your left at the Horseriding Centre. About 20 mins from Hilltown.

From Rostrevor follow the coast road for Kilkeel.  Turn left and go up the Tullyframe road for Attical.  Drive straight past the church going uphill.  At the next T junction (Hilltown/Kilkeel Road) turn left and the Gamekeeper’s Lodge (show jumping arena)  is about 1 mile down the road on your right hand side.

Yellow Water

Coming from Rostrevor
Drive into Rostrevor from Warrenpoint and continue through the village.  Go uphill past the church on your right and take the first side road on your right.  This is NEWTOWN ROAD.  You quickly come to a VIVO SUPERMARKET.  Pass this on your right and continue on this road.  You will come to Yellow Water picnic area on your right in approximately 3 miles.

Leitrim Lodge

From Rostrevor
Drive into Rostrevor from Warrenpoint and continue through the village.  Go uphill past the church on your right and take the first side road on your right.  This is NEWTOWN ROAD.  You quickly come to a VIVO SUPERMARKET.  Pass this on your right and continue on this road.  You will pass YELLOW WATER PICNIC AREA on your right and then LEITRIM LODGE PICNIC AREA also on your right.  It’s 5 miles from Rostrevor.  About 10 minutes from Rostrevor.  You will have the mountains to your right the whole way

From Banbridge
Go to Hilltown (there are several options) and drive down through the town heading for Castlewellan.  At the bottom of the hill turn right for Spelga Dam/Bryansford/Newcastle.  Continue out this road ignoring the left turn for Bryansford/Newcastle and continue on towards Spelga Dam. After a mile you will see a sign on the right ROSTREVOR 8 miles.  Turn right at these crossroads and you pass Sandbank Car Park on your right before arriving at Leitrim Lodge Car Park on your left (about two miles after you turn at the crossroads).

Meelmore Lodge

From Newry take the road to Hilltown.  In Hilltown drive down through the village and turn right for Newcastle/Spelga Dam at the bottom of the hill.  For the easiest and most scenic route to Meelmore Lodge follow the road for Spelga Dam.  After you pass the dam turn left at the T junction (1 mile) and continue straight on for about 1 mile.  You pass Fofanny Dam on your right.  Turn right for MEELMORE LODGE and follow this road for 1 mile until you reach Meelmore Lodge which is a large campsite on your right hand side.  It’s roughly 20 mins from Newry to Hilltown and 20 mins from Hilltown to Meelmore Lodge.

Carrick Little

Come through Rathfriland and then Hilltown.  At the bottom of the hill in Hilltown turn right for Spelga Dam.  Continue straight on this road passing Spelga Dam on your right hand side.  Continue on to the T junction and turn right for Kilkeel.  Continue on this road for 10 minutes and turn left at the junction for Silent Valley.  Again continue on for a few minutes and turn sharp left at the next turn for Silent Valley.  Drive past the Silent Valley entrance for about 5-10 minutes until you come to Carrick Little.  There is a large teapot sign advertising the café.

Sandbank Car Park

From Rostrevor
Drive into Rostrevor from Warrenpoint and continue through the village.  Go uphill past the church on your right and take the first side road on your right.  This is NEWTOWN ROAD.  You quickly come to a VIVO SUPERMARKET.  Pass this on your right and continue on this road.  You will pass YELLOW WATER PICNIC AREA on your right and then LEITRIM LODGE PICNIC AREA also on your right.  Then bear RIGHT at the next junction and you will shortly come to SANDBANK CAR PARK on your left.  It’s 6 miles from Rostrevor.  About 15 minutes driving.  You will have the mountains to your right the whole way

From Newry (via Hilltown)
Coming from Newry direction drive through the village to the bottom of the hill.  Take the right turn signed for Newcastle, Bryansford, SPELGA DAM.  Continue straight out this road towards SPELGA DAM for 1-2 miles ignoring all other junctions.  You will come to a sign on your right for ROSTREVOR 8MILES.  Turn right and Sandbank Car Park is 1 mile down this road on the right hand side. (5mins from Hilltown.)

Gorse Hill

37 Slievenaman Road
Newcastle
BT33 0QD

Phone 02843219314

From Newry
Take the road for Hilltown and when you reach Hilltown drive down through the village and at the bottom of the hill turn right for SPELGA DAM/NEWCASTLE.
Follow the road straight to Spelga Dam.  Once you pass the dam you come to a T junction.  Turn left and follow sign for Newcastle.  You pass Fofanny Dam and keep straight on.  You will see a sign for Gorse Hill Farm (1 mile).  Continue straight on and you’ll see the sign for the farm and campsite No 37 Slievenaman Road.  It’ll take you about 30 minutes from Newry.