A lovely Forest Park well worth visiting, so don't let the vast number Irish Republic flags hanging off every lamp post in this beautiful town intimidate you and prevent you from stopping - as it nearly did with us! We visited on Easter Sunday and unbelievedly we were not allowed to take our car into the park due to 1 inch of rapidly "thawing" snow on the sunny car park. There was no snow whatsover on the roads in and out. Health and Safety gone mad!
Despite all these "tourists unwelcome" vibes, we perservered and were duely rewarded. First of all we visited the Hedge Maze (they call it the Peace Maze!). Without the assistance of some other kind visitors to help us get out of the maze, we might still be there today! (Joke!). The maze is about the size of a football pitch and is a terrific attraction and will provide you and your family with lots of fun - just make sure you have someone on the "overlooking bridge" to guide you out! Then we had a walk around the lake - the path is relatively flat all the way around with lovely views and plenty of seats / picnic tables all the way - it took us about an hour walking around the lake at a gentle pace, stopping every so often to take photographs.
We could have murdered a cup of tea at the end of our walk around the lake, but guess what - the cafe was closed! We didn't chance walking up the hill to the impressive looking Annesley House as no doubt that would have been closed as well! Despite everything, I would give the Castlewellan Forest Park a 5 star rating, if only for the potential it has.
Tourists, don't be put off by Castlewellan's apparent unability to promote itself!
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