Benburb Valley Park

The park is a large open space with walks located on either side of the River Blackwater. The site is renowned for the Battle of Benburb and has a ruined castle located on the grounds. 

The riverside walks are clothed in mature woodland and provide an excellent opportunity to view rapids as the Blackwater charges through the valley. There are footbridges which provide access to the Canoe Trail downstream.

The park is located at the point where the water begins to slow down and meander towards Lough Neagh. Upstream the valley also has remnants of a milling complex from the industrial era.

Fishing stands and a picnic area can be found at Maydown Bridge. Located at the priory is a café and a library.  


Accessible parking
Located at the Priory. Open Thursday to Sunday 9:30am to 4:30pm
Located at the Priory

Opening Hours

Dawn to dusk



No charge


No charge

Getting There

There are two car parks at the site. The main car park is on Main Street in Benburb within the Servite Priory grounds. Follow the sign for Benburb Castle.

The second car park is on Maydown Road for access to the Blackwater Canoe Trail. For this take the Maydown Road off the Clonfeacle Road just outside the village. 

Walk Trails

Circular, 3.9 miles

Benburb Valley Park. Beautiful woodland walks along the banks of the River Blackwater.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 48 miles

Ulster Canal Cycle Trail. Unwind in a place where the crisp air & magnificant landscape embraces you..

Linear, 242 miles (390km)

Belfast to Ballyshannon. Nothing beats the sense of achievement or satisfaction of cycling a coast to coast route..

Canoeing Routes

Maydown Bridge. On the River Blackwater Canoe Trail.

Other Activities



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