1 miles
Distance
140 ft
Climb
-229 ft
Descent
00:11:45
Avg time

Annesley's Alley Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #31660 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
    2013
  • Land Manager

This Red Trail enjoys the initial flowing singletrack and incredible panoramic views found on Castlewellan's blue trail before splitting off and ascending behind Castlewellan Castle and past a number of little known smaller lakes. The fun then really begins when both the red and black options descend either side of Slievenaslat before sweeping back around to Cypress Pond. There is a further black option 'Dolly's Chute' set to get your heart racing with 'Moorish Return' always a crowd pleaser for the homeward leg back to the trailhead. The lively Castlewellan Village is a great spot for a post trails pint.

Access Info

Castlewellan is located just over 30 miles from Belfast and only 4 miles from the popular seaside resort of Newcastle.
Castlewellan Forest Park is located off Main Street. Follow the forest road (one way) down to the lake and keep left. The trailhead car park will be on your left hand side. TRAILHEAD POST CODE: BT31 9BU.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Annesley's Alley bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -89 ft
  • Altitude min
    453 ft
  • Altitude max
    605 ft
  • Altitude start
    605 ft
  • Altitude end
    516 ft
  • Grade max
    -38.893%
  • Grade min
    47.005%
  • Distance climb
    2,003 ft
  • Distance down
    2,985 ft
  • Distance flat
    547 ft
  • Avg time
    00:11:45
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Status:
on Jan 20, 2019
Variable
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • One Direction
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  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Annesley's Alley Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 31 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 183 rides
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      Photos

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      Dec 11, 2018 @ 9:55am
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      Annesley's Alley, Newcastle
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      May 12, 2018 @ 10:55am
      May 12, 2018
      Annesley's Alley, Down
      104 |
      Jul 11, 2016 @ 8:49am
      Jul 11, 2016
      Annesley's Alley, Castlewellan
      107 |
      Jul 11, 2016 @ 8:48am
      Jul 11, 2016
      Annesley's Alley, Castlewellan

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