There are many well known walks on the mountains and all around
Co Down Rathfriland Covering all abilities from family and modest walkers to pro go-for-it hikers
The Ballyroney Lackan Bog Walk
The walk crosses Lackan Bog via – ‘The Green Road’ – an old bog rampart (a raised path across a bog) and asserted public footpath which runs for approx. 1 mile across the bog from Lackan Road to Dickson’s Hill Road/ Dodd’s Hill and provides great views over this bog habitat.
The special and fragile nature of this habitat is reflected in its designation as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). Formerly a raised bog, but now completely cut over, Lackan Bog represents one of the largest single blocks of lowland peat left in County Down.
It is one of the most important sites in Ireland for dragonflies. 13 out of 22 Irish species have been spotted in the bog. The best time to see them is between March and October.
Stay on the path, Wear good strong walking boots. Trainers or shoes very bad idea!! Watch out for rabbit wholes along the pathway. There are smaller pathways comming off the main path but we advise you not to walk them.
The village of Ballyroney is located between Rathfriland and Dromara off the B7. At Ballyroney take Lackan Road (signed for Castlewellan). Continue for approx. 1.5 miles to first X-roads (Lackan/Flush and Crabtree Roads). Park with consideration on grass verge at side of Lackan Road before X-roads. Coming from Ballyroney Crabtree Road is the road to the right (up the hill).
ARGORY BLACKWATER RIVER WALK
From the carpark follow the sign for Bond’s bridge / ferry path. This starts at the bottom of the carpark. At the end of the path there is a set of large steps. At the top of the steps turn left and go through the kissing gate onto the river bank. Follow the path along the river and keep an eye out for fluttering kingfishers. They lazily fly over water and swoop down to spear fish with their sharp beaks. As the path comes to an end along the river turn left onto the causeway which runs between the meadows. At the end of the causeway you will approach Meadow Cottage. Turn left again and follow the avenue back to the carpark.
The Argory lies 4 miles from Charlemont. Drivers can leave the M1 at exit 13 and follow the brown signs
Sleivedonard Mountain walk