Activities

Slieve Dovard Summit

At summit tower on Slieve Donard looking at Slieve Commedagh appearing above the cloud

Walking

Happy Vale is ideally located as a base for a walking holiday with easy access to the high Mournes or a wealth of low-land walks through stunning scenery.

Happy Vale is ideally located as a base for a walking holiday with access to the central Mourne Mountains via the Happy Valley between Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg a short walk away.  The Mourne Rambler bus service stops at the top of the Moyad Road about 10mins walk away.

WalkNI.com provides route descriptions, maps, images and local information including places to eat.  Download the 24 page walking guide for the Mournes area which includes both high and low level walks to suit all abilities.

Nearby walks are Meelmore and Meelbeg, Hare’s Gap, Bearnagh and Meelmore, Castlewellan Forest Park – Slievenaslaat Trail, Castlewellan Lake Walk (suitable for those with limited mobility), Tollymore Forest Park – River Trail, Tollymore Forest – Mountain & Drinns Trail, Silent Valley Nature Trail to mention only a few.

Cycling

The Moyad Road has brown tourist sign at either end marking it as part of cycle route No 1, the Newcastle / Lough Island Reavy Route.  There are classic hill climbs onto the Slievenaman Road from Rostrevor and Hilltown.

Mountain Biking

Happy Vale is located between the mountain biking trails at Rostrevor (12 miles) and Castlewellan (4 miles).

With green, blue and red grade trails (including black options) Castlewellan is a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.  The trails offer panoramic views over the lake and surrounding forest and castle.

On the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.

Also close by is the MTB Skills Course at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. 

Full details of other trails and mountain biking in NI are available from MountainBikeNI.com.

We offer secure Bike storage and a Bike wash area.