Ardglass to Tyrella Beach - Lecale Way Trail

This walk is part of the trek Downpatrick to Newcastle - Lecale Way Trail.

This is the 4th section of the Lecale Way Trail. The Lecale region of County Down is characterised by pretty villages, wild coastline and a liberal scattering of historic sites. This walking route uses a combination of country roads, tracks and footpaths to explore the best of the scenery, with lowland terrain and frequent signposts making it suitable for most levels of walking experience. Most of this section follows roads, with a brief interlude along the Killough Coastal Path.

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A Down walk posted on 17/02/23 by Walk NI. Last update : 01/03/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h00[?]
Distance Distance : 10.78 mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 62 ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 69 ft
Highest point Highest point : 95 ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 0 ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Down
Starting point Starting point : N 54.267678° / W 5.603353°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.254287° / W 5.748251°
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Start : Crossroads between Hill Street and Bath Street, Ardglass, Downpatrick (BT30 7WH)

(D) From the centre of Ardglass, walk South along A2. After around 1 Km, pass the pretty marina on your left and head out of the village towards the Kildare Street (A2).

(1) Past Jordan's Castle, turn left onto Castle Place then right onto Green Road. Walk around 900 m on Green Road to reach A2 again where you turn left (South-West). Walk along A2 for around 3 Km, going through Coney Island and continuing round the wide tidal flats of Killough Bay.

(2) As you approach the centre of Killough village, opposite Bay Ct, turn left through a metal turnstile onto a paved footpath towards the waterside. This delightful trail leads around the back of the church to the pier. If the tide is out you may well see locals collecting shellfish from the mudflats below.

Return to the road and walk to the end of the village at the junction between Castle St and Quay Lane.

(3) Continue left (South) onto Shore Road for around 820 m, where a stile on the left indicates the start of the Killough Coastal Path. Please note: this stretch of path is rough and exposed in places with steep drops.

(4) Follow a rough trail above the rocky shoreline for around 2.7 Km, negotiating several stiles amid the wild terrain. As you round a series of inlets, the path is sometimes forced up to the edge of the fields to avoid a deep fissure. The lighthouse at St John’s Point comes into view near the end of the section, and you rejoin a laneway a short distance away from the building.

(5) Turn right (North) along Point road, soon passing the remains of St John’s Point Church and Holy Well, which have survived remarkably intact from the 10th or 11th century. Continue along the quiet country road (laneway) for roughly 3 Km before arriving back at the A2.

(6) Turn left (West) here and follow A2 for around 3.6 Km to a junction with C286.

(7) Turn left on A2, in Clanmaghery Road and follow the road along the shore, with fine open views across Dundrum Bay to the Mourne Mountains. Towards the end of this coastal section you pass Tyrella Beach, a sandy beach some 2 Km long that is popular with holidaymakers during the summer months. (A)

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 33 ft - Ardglass
1 : mi 0.83 - alt. 49 ft - Jordan's Castle
2 : mi 3.28 - alt. 16 ft - Metal turnstile
3 : mi 3.74 - alt. 23 ft - Start of the Killough Coastal Path
4 : mi 4.25 - alt. 33 ft - Rough trail above the rocky shoreline
5 : mi 5.9 - alt. 10 ft - Point road
6 : mi 7.81 - alt. 16 ft - A2
7 : mi 10.02 - alt. 26 ft - Clanmaghery Road
A : mi 10.78 - alt. 26 ft - Tyrella Beach

Useful Information

Start : Crossroads between Hill Street and Bath Street, Ardglass, Downpatrick (BT30 7WH)

Arrival : Tyrella Beach, Clanmaghery Rd, Downpatrick (BT30 8SU)

Terrain : Varried surfaces

Public Transport : Translink

Facilities : Toilets, accommodation and refreshments are available all the way along the walk including the village of Ardglass.

Dog Policy : Dogs must be on leads at all times on the route.

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Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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Did You Know?
St John’s Point Lighthouse was built in 1844, and was later extended to 40m high. However it was 1981 before the light became fully automatic. Today the distinctive black and yellow stripes of the tower make it stand out amongst the 81 lighthouses dotted around the Irish coast.

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