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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.
Public Consultation on our 5 year management plan
There is still time to have your say on the future management of the park by completing a questionnaire and returning it by the end of September.
Lagan Valley Regional Park board seeks new chairperson
We are looking for someone who has a passion for the Regional Park and who is competent politically and at board level.
Click here for an application form application form or contact the park office on 02890 491922.
The post is voluntary and the closing date for applicants is Friday 23rd September
Our next events are:
Thursday 15th September 'Return to Source' Cost £5
Friday 7th October 'Autumn Discovery Morning' Free event
Saturday 8th October 'Fungal Foray' Free event
Saturday 19th November 'Secrets of the Stone Age' Cost £2
Saturday 10th December 'Christmas Crafts on the Industry' Cost £5
FOR QUERIES AND BOOKING PLEASE RING THE PARK OFFICE 02890 491922
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