Disruption to Lagan Towpath

From Thursday 20th November the Lagan Towpath will be closed to users at Barnett Demesne 150m from Shaw's Bridge towards Lisburn, as repairs are to be made to the bank above the towpath. The towpath should be open again from the evening of Friday 21st November. The path above running through Barnettes Demesne has had to be re-routed and will remain closed for the following week. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Site Works at the Giant's Ring

Works are underway at the Giant's Ring to install gates that will improve access to the site from both the car park and rear path directions. Works are likely to continue at least into the following week. Pedestrians will be given access to the site throughout the duration, although it may be restricted at times. We hope this does not cause inconvenience to any of our visitors and it will be a huge improvement for the future.

Winners of the Coca Cola Inland Waterway Group Award 2014!!

We are very proud to announce that we won the 'Coca Cola Inland Waterway Group Award 2014' for our 'My River' Initiative at the Coca Cola Coast Care Awards held up in Stormont on 9th October!

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:

Roost Ramble!

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!

Wear warm outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for mixed and uneven terrain.

The walk is expected to be around 2 hours

Saturday 6th December, 15:30, Belvoir Activity Centre


Cost - FREE!

Contact Park Office for more details - 02890 491922

Talk: Stories of People and Places Along the Lagan!

Join us for the last in a series of 4 autumn and winter talks and discover something different about Lagan Valley Regional Park. This talk will be given by Dr Ben Simon, author of the book "By the Banks of the Lagan" - available for purchase in the Lagan Valley Regional Park office at £6.

Wednesday 10th December, 7pm at the Lock Keeper's Inn


Cost - £2

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 open:
Thursday 23rd October 2014: 10:00 - 13:00
Friday 24th October 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Monday 27th October 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 28th October 2014: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 29th October 2014: 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 30th October 2014: 10:00 - 13:00
Friday 31st October 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Monday 3rd November 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 4th November 2014: 10:00 - 15:00
Times may be subject to change.

Lock No.3

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

  • Saturday Conservation Team
  • Heritage Guides
  • Volunteer Rangers
  • Wildlife Monitoring
  • Red Squirrel Surveys
  • 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 02890 491922.