Barge Open to Public!
After a long preparation period, the wait is finally over! The barge is now open to the public! You can pop in for a nosy on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 3pm. It is also available for bookings, call the office for more details: 028 90 491922
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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.
Our next event is:
Winter Discovery Morning ~ 06.02.2015
Our first event of 2015 and the first of four seasonal walks enjoying the splendour of Lagan Valley Regional Park! These walks give you the opportunity for an informal and informative walk with one of our Rangers to learn a little bit more about the Park.
Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for uneven and mixed terrain. The walk is expected to last around 2 hours.
Date: Friday 6th February 2015
Meet: Barnett Demesne car park, 11am
Industry Along the Lagan ~ 07.02.2015
A short stroll downstream along the Lagan canal from Lisburn to Hilden to explore the industry of the past and present. We will also make a refreshing stop at the Hilden Brewing Company for a tour of the brewery.
Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, this event is expected to last around 2.5 hours.
Date: Saturday 7th February 2015
Meet: Island Civic Centre, 11am
Cost: £9 (includes Hilden Brewery tour)
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