Ards Forest Park
Forest Park, Ards Forest Park, Ireland
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Ards Forest Park Reviews
Feb 23, 2008
Situated on the N56, between Creeslough and Dunfanaghy, Ards Forest Park is probably the most beautiful and certainly the most varied of Ireland's Forest Parks. 480 hectares in extent it contains a large diversity of plant and wildlife forms. Sandy beaches, rivers, viewing points, nature walks, picnic and play areas.
Hours can be spent here in complete relaxation, be it on the many nature walks or on its golden beaches. It is a place for everyone to get away for a while.
Ards Forest Park has many features of historical and archaeological interest. The remains of four ring forts are to be seen in the park as well as a number of megalithic tombs. On the same walk there is a Mass Rock where Mass was celebrated in defiance of the Penal Laws. Indeed, visitors can still go to mass at the Capuchin monastery within the park. There are numerous viewing points on the walks and trails with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
At Ards Forest Park you can enjoy many forest walks, a car park and a children's play area. It also has many features of historical and archaeological interest. The remains of four ringforts are to be seen in the park as well as a number of megalithic tombs - legend has it that these were the beds of Diarmuid and Grainne in their flight from Fionn Mac Cumhaill. A Holy Well - the Ague Well - which is reputed to have curative powers, can be seen on Bealach na hArdaigh Walk. On the same walk there is a Mass Rock where Mass was celebrated in defiance of the Penal Laws. There are numerous viewing points on the walks and trails with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
There are a number of signposted walks incorporating the main features of the park. These include the Ards Heritage Trail which is 3.5km long, the Nature Trail and the Green trail which are both 3km long and the Red Trail which is 13km long. This walk does incorporate some provision for shortcuts back to the starting point should the weather turn.
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