Bunkers Hill – Castlewellan


Feasibility and Scoping Studies

Innovative Product Planning Design and Development

The Challenge

To enhance Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan, to create a place that the local community would utilise and spend time.

The Role

We were commissioned by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to develop a 2km multi use trail and play trail to also include a car parking area for disabled users, resurfacing of the access laneway and sheltered seating along the multi-use trail. In order to carry out these works we:

  • Managed the community consultation process
  • Carried out a detailed audit of the proposed route
  • Calculated the cost for infrastructure, trail build and trail upgrade
  • Examined other examples and models of best practice of play in the UK and Ireland
  • Commissioned a specialist play company to design, construct and install the play area
  • Managed the installation process including liaison with key stakeholders such as local council and Forest Service NI


The Results

  • The multi-use trail and play trail were developed and completed inĀ 2014 at Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan.
  • Designed for walkers and family cyclists, the trail takes in the glorious views of Dundrum Bay, Slieve Croob and the Mourne Mountains.
  • The Play Trail was designed for children aged 4-11 years containing 11 bespoke timber items including a climbing wall, basket swings, teppee village and story teller’s chair.
  • Enhancements to the access lane and installation of the new disabled car parking was completed in March 2016.
  • Trail Impact Survey Results