Silent Valley Ben Crom Dam Walk

The longest route through the Silent Valley follow the trail to Ben Crom Dam. This linear route will guide you alongside the Silent Valley Reservoir to Ben Crom Dam passing the exit of the Binnian Tunnel and other reminders of the feat of engineering required to help fulfill the water needs of Belfast.

County

Down

Distance

6 miles

OS Map

Sheet 29

Nearest Town

Kilkeel

Route Shape

Linear

Route Type

Parkland & Grassland

Terrain

Easy well laid paths

Grid Reference (Start)

J30586

Grid Reference (End)

J30586

Point of Interest

Spectacular views of the Mourne mountains, Silent Valley Dam, Silent Valley overflow (or plughole), valve tower and Ben Crom Dam

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Mournes

Route Description

Stone way-markers are in place to help guide you. Follow the red arrows for the Ben Crom walk. This linear route will guide you alongside the Silent Valley Reservoir to Ben Crom Dam passing the exit of the Binnian Tunnel and other reminders of the feat of engineering required to help fulfill the water needs of Belfast. The walk turns at the foot of Ben Crom wall. You can choose whether or not to follow the steps up to the top to take in the spectacular views including the Brandy Pad and Slieve Donard. Retrace your steps back down the valley to the main car park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

During the summer months, Translink operate the Mourne Rambler Service- a circular route that stops at the gates of the Silent Valley. More information can be found on the Translink website.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The route begins in the main car park reached through the gates on the Head Road on the south side of the Mournes. The Silent Valley is sign posted for drivers travelling south from Newcastle and north from Kilkeel. There is an entrance fee.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled parking
Disabled toilets

Facilities

Toilets and refreshments available during summer months and public holidays at Silent Valley restaurant and information centre or in nearby Kilkeel.

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