Outdoor NI Nomination
Fantastic News! The Towpath is up for the Most Popular Outdoor Recreation Trail Award. VOTE for us NOW here.
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.
BRIDGE NOW OPEN, Clememt Wilson Park
The new bridge is to be named the John Luke bridge after the local artist and is expected to be opened formally in September.
Any queries should be addressed to Belfast City Council.
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.
To some it may be music, to others utter mayhem! Come and join us as we explore the mysterious and exciting world of crows at roosting time and decide for yourself! Bring a warm drink and a torch. Distance: 2-5 miles. Uneven and mixed terrain.
Saturday 7th Dec - Meet at Belvoir Activity Centre for 3.30pm. Booking essential.
Great News! Lagan Valley Towpath has been nominated as Most Popular Outdoor Recreation Trail!
Vote Now and be in with a chance to win! Click here to vote.
2013 Photographic Competition is now closed!
This year’s category winner will be announced after Christmas along with our up and coming Events Program for 2014.
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