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Silent Valley

Silent Valley Mountain Park Masterplan consultation progress with public

NI Water is delighted to announce the initial community engagement project on the future of Silent Valley Mountain Park has been completed. 

The next stage is to share the findings of the consultation and gain feedback on the plan, which will then form the basis for future development and funding opportunities for the Silent Valley site. 

Silent Valley Masterplan

The Silent Valley Masterplan shows how NI Water could enhance the existing visitor experience whilst preserving the unique tranquility of the site, allowing us to see what the local community and indeed the wider NI public would like to see at this site to make it a truly inclusive attraction for all.
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Public drop-in sessions have been arranged on Wednesday 22nd November:

  • 3pm to 5pm - Annalong Community Centre, Glassdrumman Road, Annalong, BT34 4QH
  • 6pm to 8pm - Kilkeel Development Association, The Nautilus Centre, Rooney Rd, Kilkeel, Newry BT34 4AG

For anyone unable to attend these meetings, an online survey has been created which can be completed by visiting:

icons for Mourne Wall celebrating 100 years

Silent Valley

Silent Valley – Summary of Entry Charges

  • Car- £5.00
  • Mini Bus - £13.00
  • Coach - £35.00
  • Pedestrian - £1.60 
  • Child - £0.60p
  • Motor Bike - £2.50
  • A contactless system is also available as an alternative to paying with cash. 
  • The reservoir grounds are open daily from 10am until 6pm (April-Oct) and 10am until 4pm (Nov-March)
  • There is currently capacity for 120 cars - this will be on a first come first served basis and no access will be permitted once the site is at capacity. If anyone parks in an unsafe manner on public roads, they may get ticketed by the police. 
  • Signage will be in place for everyone’s safety and we encourage visitors to adhere to the signage at all times and follow social distancing.

Important information

  • Camping and the use of E-scooters are not permitted at Silent Valley.

Mourne Wall Centenary

This year, 2022, marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the completion of the Mourne Wall construction; a remarkable feat of craftmanship that has stood the test of time and harsh conditions over the century. Work on the wall began in 1904 and took 18-years to complete, providing a boundary for the 9,000-acre water catchment area that supplies the Silent Valley and Ben Crom reservoirs.

100 words for the Mourne wall - The Stone Men by WGH 20/2/22

We are holding a number of special events and activities throughout 2022 and 2023 to celebrate this amazing feat.

Mourne Wall time capsule project

Several time capsules will be placed in the wall during upgrades taking place throughout September and October. If you would like to be part of this and place a memory within the wall contact education[AT]niwater[DOT]com

Party In the Park

Sunday 14th August celebrated 100 years of the Mourne Wall with a ‘Party in the Park’ at Silent Valley.

Learn More Silent valley trails

Silent Valley Trails

Enjoy the tranquillity of silent Valley Mountain Park in the heart of the Mourne Mountains. Follow a trail to submerge in the beauty of the park. Find out about the industrial heritage which gave rise to the magnificent dams and shaped the surrounding landscape.

Learn More Silent valley trails

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