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Northern Ireland - Western County Down

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5. The Silent Valley and Viewpoint Walk

Top 10 ten places to visit in Northern Ireland - Western County Down

The Silent Valley and Viewpoint Walk

A mile or so inland from the coastal town of Annalong, signposts point to the Silent Valley, where you'll find Belfast and County Down's reservoir, a huge thirty year engineering project that was completed in 1933. There's a car park by the lower reservoir, bounded by the Mourne Wall, a sturdy 22 mile long granite boundary to the catchment area that links the summits of fifteen mountains along its route.
 
The views out to Slieve Binnian and Ben Crom, behind it to the west are worth the effort of the three mile circular Viewpoint Walk, which starts at the car park. Less energetic, but still superb, is the half mile Sally Lough Stroll up to the dam at Ben Crom. 

Facilities
An information centre and restaurant are housed in two old colonial style bungalows, the last remnants of the construction period. The centre has impressive views over the mountain-park and is open from 11.00 am to 6.30 pm each day in June, July and August and at weekends and bank holidays in April, May and September.

There is a shuttle bus service at the mountain park which frequently operates to/from Ben Crom to/from the car park. This service is available during the months of May, June and September at weekends, and July and August daily. Ulster Bus operate scheduled services to the park in the summer.  Ring +44 (0)28 9066 66 30 for more details.

The Silent Valley Information Centre Address:
The Silent Valley
Head Road
Kilkeel
County Down, BT34 4HU
Northern Ireland, UK
 
The Silent Valley Information Centre Opening Times:
April to September, 10.00 am to 6.30 pm
October to March, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

The Silent Valley Information Centre Admission:
Pedestrian Adult £1.50
Pedestrian Child £0.50
Parking Charges
Car £3.00
Minibus £6.00
Coach £20.00
Motorcycle £1.50

T  The Water Service Customer Service Department on +44 (0) 8457 440 088

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