From 2nd March the following sections of the towpath will be closed for footpath repairs. The work is expected to take place over a period of 2-3 weeks.
Drumbridge estimated repair/closure time: 2 days
Between Hilden and Lambeg estimated repair/closure time: 2 days
Beech Hedge (between Shaw's Bridge and Red Bridge) estimated repair/closure time: 2 days
Red Bridge estimated repair/closure time: 1 day
Stranmillis (Fishing Stands) estimated repair/closure time: 1 day
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Barge Open to Public!
After a long preparation period, the wait is finally over! The barge is now open to the public! You can pop in for a nosy on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm. It is also available for bookings, call the office for more details: 028 90 491922
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|Welcome to Lagan Valley Regional Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty|
From the headwaters of Slieve Croob in the peaks of Dromara, beyond the Mountains of Mourne, the River Lagan grows in its vastness and arrangement of tributaries as it sweeps and meanders down to the Lagan Navigation and out to the Irish Sea. The patchwork of valley landscapes from wet meadows, ponds and ditches to mixed beech woodland, parkland and pine plantation provides a network for wildlife and a passage to our past.
Step out onto the towpath and immerse yourself with the sounds of the ebb and flow of the river. An alarm call from a shy moorhen as it quietly stalks the riverbank reeds and twists of overhanging willow. The male and female mallard duck and crested grebe weave silently or land like water-skiers along the surface. The many willows, looming beeches and hawthorn hedgerows provide their own music as they creek in the wind during the winter months, laden heavy with lichens.
Breathe in the pine scents of Belvoir Forest, the musky aroma of ancient oaks and fields of Meadowsweet at Lagan Meadows in the spring. Gasp at the hugeness of Ballyskeagh High Bridge and uncover the long history at Shaw’s Bridge. Discover carpets of bluebells in Minnowburn, whisper stories of faeries and folklore or let smells of the turf fire at Lock Keeper’s Cottage transport you back to another time.
Enjoy a picnic by the river or warm up with a hot drink at one of the few cafes. Pick a trail and explore the rose garden at Terrace Hill with superb views across the valley of the Belfast Hills, finishing the day as the sun casts a long shadow over the ancient stones of the Giant’s Ring.
Our next event is:
Dawn Chorus - EVENT DATE CHANGED: NOW 18TH APRIL
Join LVRP guides and tune in to the sound of Spring. This early morning stroll will take you through the beautiful Belvoir Park Forest and along the banks of the River Lagan to eavesdrop on the morning routines of our feathered friends. Don't miss the chance to see and hear some of our best wildlife. Cost includes breakfast afterwards in the Ramada Plaza Hotel.
Meet at 5:30am on Saturday April 18th in Ramada Plaza Hotel foyer.
Event will last around 2 hours, please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for mixed and uneven terrain.
**BOOKING ESSENTIAL** PLEASE CHECK WITH THE OFFICE
Cost: £8.50 to be paid in advance at LVRP office (includes breakfast at the Ramada Plaza Hotel)
Forage in the Forest
Explore the edible delights of the woodland on a walk through the forest followed by hot drinks and treats on the barge.
Meet at 11am on Saturday 25th April at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre.
Event will last around 2 hours, please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for more challenging terrain.
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