John Marshall Walk

We are happy to have recently opened a new trail which we have named Master John’s Marsh Trail. This is an all-access walk of one kilometre, that winds its way around the turlough that few have noticed until now, and which is home to a wide variety of plants, birds, and insects. As you walk along the path away from the road you will see beautiful Willow trees thriving on the yearly rise and fall of the water levels. Centurion Beech trees line the return path. The trail is found on the right-hand side of the road as you leave Ards Friary.


As you enter the walk you meet a small house on your right. This was once the home of Master John who was the supervisor of a Silk-weaving project, owned by the Stewards, the Landlords at Ards. Master John was sadly struck down by leprosy. The story goes that he was confined to his house. Food was brought to him but interaction with him was out of the question.


Don’t forget to pop into the Coffee shop for some refreshments and goodies after your walk!