Silent Valley

Silent Valley

An absolutely beautiful valley.  All trails start and end at the car park and are graded according to difficulty. The Ben Crom Trail and the Nature trail are the easiest to complete and are suitable for wheelchair users and prams. Experience walkers will enjoy the challenge of the Mountain Access trail which provides access to the High Mournes.

Northern Ireland Water has provided a number of visitor facilities at the valley including a restaurant, information centre, conference centre and education centre - all housed in two old colonial style bungalows and enjoying delightful views over the parkland.

Facilities

Accessibility
Toilets
Accessible toilets
Accessible parking
Café
Parking

Opening Hours

The reservoir grounds are open daily from 10:00 until 18:30 (Summer) and 10:00 until 16:00 (October to March).

Charges

Access: 

Charges

  • Car £4.50
  • Coach £27
  • Minibus £11
  • Motor Cycle £2
  • Adults/Cyclists £1.60
  • Children/Cyclists £0.60
  • Annual Pass £20

Annual Pass

If you visit Silent Valley on a regular basis you may benefit from a Silent Valley Annual Pass. The current price is £20 for a car pass and £50 for a minibus pass (up to 16 passengers) which will allow entry during normal opening hours for one year.

 

Parking: 

Parking charge is included within the access charge

Getting There

Vehicle access is possible only through the main gates located on Head Road. Drivers are required to obey the one-way traffic system which leads to a single large car-park at the south end of the reservoir grounds

Walk Trails

Circular, 2 miles

Silent Valley. Landscaped parkland walk.

Circular, 1.5 miles

Silent Valley Nature Trail. Relatively flat scenic walk along Kilkeel River.

Circular, 7 miles

Lough Shannagh. Hilly walk on well used track.

Circular, 7 miles

Slieve Binnian. Fantastic circular route in the High Mournes.

Linear, 9.3 miles

Reservoir Views. A strenuous day walk passing through the heart of the Mournes.

Cycling Routes

Circular, 18 miles

Knockchree Cycle Route. Strenuous with steep ascent on the Glenloughan Road.

Circular, 16 miles

Head Road Route. This is a spectacular cycle route beneath the High Mournes..

Comments

Paul lowry 21 October, 2015 @ 10:35

A very pleasenat and informative website

roger moh 3 April, 2016 @ 16:43

for the Reservoir view walking trail, which is linear, how shall the walker get back to to the starting point at the car park?

OutdoorNI 4 April, 2016 @ 09:31

Many thanks for your enquiry via Local Outdoors. For the Silent Valley Reservoir Views Walk it would be suggested that you arrange for transport back to your starting point. Either park your car at Donard Park and take public transport / taxi or the AIMSS private shuttle to Silent Valley and walk back towards Donard or alternatively park at Silent Valley and arrange for transport at the end of your walk at Donard. The Mourne Rambler Bus service operates from May to September and stops at both Newcastle and Silent Valley so if you don’t have access to a car this would be a good option.

Mourne Rambler

http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/rural-transport/rambler-services/mourne-rambler/

Newcastle Taxis

Donard Taxis, Newcastle: +44 (0)28 4372 2823

Shimna Taxis, Newcastle: +44 (0)28 4372 3030

AIMSS

https://www.facebook.com/AIMSS2013/

David Honeyford 16 April, 2016 @ 16:58

Where can I purchase an annual pass for a car & passengers?

OutdoorNI 18 April, 2016 @ 09:36

Hi David,

Thanks for your enquiry via Local Outdoors. Annual passes for Silent Valley can be purchased from NI Water. See here for an application form https://www.niwater.com/sitefiles/resources/pdf/silent-valley-july-2010.pdf which can be found on the NI Water Website https://www.niwater.com/silent-valley/

Sheila Asfour 6 July, 2016 @ 17:37

Is there still a bus which takes you from the reservoir up to Ben crom?

If so, how much does it cost? Are bus passes valid? How often does it run?

Many thanks

Sheila

OutdoorNI 11 July, 2016 @ 11:22

Please contact either NI water who manage the park 08457 440 088 or Newcastle Tourist information centre for more information. Newcastle Tourist Information Centre newcastle.vic@downdc.gov.uk (028) 4372 2222.

PAUL MCCONVILLE 18 July, 2016 @ 09:32

Hi there! I was wondering if cars can drive as far as the Ben Crom care park?

OutdoorNI 18 July, 2016 @ 10:01

Hi Paul,

Please contact either NI water who manage the park 08457 440 088 or Newcastle Tourist information centre for more information. Newcastle Tourist Information Centre newcastle.vic@downdc.gov.uk (028) 4372 2222.

Contact

03457 440088

Location

Silent Valley Mountain Park
Head Road
Annalong
Newcastle
BT33 0HU

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