Barge Arrival

August 18th saw the smooth arrival of Industry, an old barge or lighter, which used to transport coal in the 1870s on the Lagan canal from Belfast Harbour. It worked on the canal right up until at least the 1940s. Restoration began in 2008 in Rooskey before it's final journey back up to the Lagan in August 2014.

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:

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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:

Go Wild in the Woods!

Join the LVRP Ranger Service for a fun packed bushcraft event and go wild in the woods! There will be family fun and games with a chance to learn some of the woodlands secrets.

There are 2 sessions on the day:
11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm
Meet at Lock Keeper's Cottage

Not suitable for children under 6.

Saturday 20th September


Cost - £5 per child

Contact Park Office for more details - 02890 491922

Autumn Discovery Morning!

The last 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 and will be around 2-5miles long.

Please wear sensible outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for uneven and mixed terrain.

Friday 3rd October, 11am Shaw's Bridge car park.


Cost - FREE!

Contact Park Office for more details - 02890 491922

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Lock Keeper's cottage

Through the Laganscape Project the Lock Keeper's Cottage has been fully restored. Lock Keeper's CottageThis week, thanks to our volunteers, the cottage will be o 2014: 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 4th September 2014: 10:00 - 13:00
Friday 5th September 2014: 11:00 - 15:00
Monday 8th September 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 9th September 2014: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10th September 2014: 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11th September 2014: 10:00 - 13:00
Friday 12th September 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 13th September 2014: 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 14th September 2014: 11:00 - 16:00
Times may be subject to change.

Lock No.3

Lock number threeWorks have been completed on Lock No.3. This project has been delivered as part of the Laganscape Project with our partner Department of Culture Arts and Leisure. Work commenced in June 2009 and has involved replacement of stone work on both sides of the canal chamber, removal of the watermain pipe and re-introduction of Lock gates. 

Along with the restoration of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, this site is the only authentic example of lock, cottage and original bridge anywhere in the Lagan Valley.

Wildlife recording card

Calling all wildlife spotters

We have identified a number of key species that we would like to monitor and we’re hoping that you can help us by taking note where and when you see them as you walk through the park. The information we receive will help us to gain a better understanding of our local wildlife and will help us to direct management of the Regional Park to maximise its value for biodiversity. To download our wildlife monitoring leaflet click here or on the image (1.48MB).

Wildlife recording card


Laganscape volunteers in a willow weave bird-hideLagan Valley Regional Park has an exciting range of volunteer opportunities through the Laganscape Project for 2010. If you are interested in volunteering you can get involved in:

  • Saturday Conservation Team
  • Wildlife monitoring
  • Red squirrel surveys
  • Heritage Guiding
  • Wildlife & Heritage photography

For more information on all of these opportunities check out volunteering section, or to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator call us on 028 90 491922.