Cooke Car Park Closed Fri 15th and Mon 18th August
Due to the much anticipated arrival of the barge at Lock 3, for health and safety reasons there will be no access to the towpath from Cooke car park 15th and 18th August. The nearest access point by foot will be New Forge Lane and by car will be Shaw's Bridge. The whole stretch of the towpath will remain open for public access.
Tree Disease in Belvoir Park Forest
Phytpopthora-ramorum has been discovered within Belvoir Park Forest. Forest Service operations to save the veteran trees will take place in due course. Access to the forest will be affected. For more details please contact DARD or follow this link: http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/plant-and-tree-health/horticulture-and-non-arable-plants-trees/pests-and-diseases/phytophthora-ramorum.htm
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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.
Begin your journey from the many access points to the River Lagan and the towpath by foot, bicycle and car at Stranmillis, Loughview Road, Shaw’s Bridge and many more; click here for map. Alternatively you can take the No. 8b bus from Belfast City Centre to Stranmillis College or start from the Lisburn end and take the No. 38a bus to Sprucefield Shopping Centre and the Blaris Road to Union Locks.
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:
Summer Discovery Morning
The third of four seasonal walks enjoying the splendour of the Regional Park. These walks give you the opportunity for an informal and informative walk with one of our rangers to learn a little more about the park. The walk will last about 2 hours so bring plenty of water, especially if the weather continues in its current glory!
Friday 1st August 11am - Meet at Lock Keeper's Cottage
Cost - Free!
Contact Park Office to book and for details of start - 02890 491922
Come and join the staff of LVRP for a free fun filled day for all the family, with activities, talks and demonstrations.
Saturday 9th August, 11am - 4pm at Lock Keeper's Cottage
Cost - Free!
Contact Park Office or visit our facebook page for more details - 02890 491922
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