Lagan Valley Regional Park Events 2014
Our new Events Programme is now available from our the Visitor Centre at the Lock Keeper's Cottage and at various places throughout Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh
A Greater Spotted Woodpecker was spotted recently in the park by one of our photography volunteers; Lindsay. The Greater Spotted is the common woodpecker in most areas, announcing itself in the spring with a loud, rapid “drum roll” made by using its bill against a resonant branch. Read more...
Lagan Valley Regional Park Volunteers Scoop Queen's Award !
The Lord Lieutenant of Co Down presented the award at a ceremony at Terrace Hill Garden on 24th August. The award recognises the contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers: it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
The Park and AONB welcomes the views and opinions of our users. If you wish to have your say, you can download our questionnaire and return the completed form by post or email.
|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.
Join the 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 favourite feathered friends! Cost includes breakfast.
Saturday 12th April - Starting at 5.30am. Cost £8 per head
**Pre-booking & pre-payment essential**
Contact Park Office to book and for details of start - 02890 491922
Join Lagan Valley Regional Park's 'Friends of' Group - for details click on tab on left.
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