As a family we visit Finnebrogue Woods time and time again, usually on a chilled-out Sunday afternoon when we want to get outdoors for some fresh air and time in nature but don’t want too strenuous or long a trek. The beautiful lakeside location just outside Downpatrick is the idyllic spot for a leisurely wander through the ancient woodland which is forever-changing in colour throughout the seasons. Along the 1.25km nature trail there are climbing frames, swings and wild play areas for kids big and small to enjoy and have a bit of wild fun as well as plenty of benches to pause along the way and look out across the lake while listening to the chitter of birds in the trees.
Post-walk the farm shop is a must visit; stocked with gorgeous locally-produced artisan goodies and gifts it’s hard to resist purchasing one of everything. During the summer months delicious ice-cream goes down a treat but my favourite thing on the menu is the NearyNogs Hot Chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows – absolutely moreish and delicious! If you’re after some hearty grub then you’ll want to try to burgers and hotdogs on offer – using nothing but the finest ingredients they really are mouth-wateringly good and the smell from the outdoor cooking area which follows you around the walking trail is not easy to resist!
Also on offer at Finnebrogue if you’re feeling adventurous and want to connect with your inner wild are the fantastic Bushcraft , Foraging and Wild Sleeping experiences with expert bushman Rob Hill.
To find out more about Finnebrogue visit their website here.
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