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Broad Water

The Broad Water is a 3 mile (4.8km) towpath walk between Moira Railway Station and Aghalee and takes you along the route of the original Lagan Canal through Soldierstown. Keep an eye out for the large variety of breeding and wintering wildfowl.

Since the canal was officially abandoned in 1954 the banks have become overgrown and an array of colour is provided by a variety of trees, shrubs and wild flowers. Moira is unique as being the only town in Ireland to straddle two counties, County Down and County Armagh

The Broad Water is a man made feature, built in a natural valley in order to retain a sufficient head of water to accommodate the navigation. Take a seat and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, set against the background of a thin belt of mature woodland!

County

Down

Distance

3 miles

OS Map

Sheet 20

Nearest Town

Moira Village

Route Shape

Linear

Route Type

Riverside

Terrain

Flat towpath

Grid Reference (Start)

J157618

Grid Reference (End)

J124649

Point of Interest

Soldierstown Church & Graveyard

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Begin walking from the entrance located in the car park of Moira Railway Station. Passing under the bridge that carries the railway line which was built in 1833, stop to have a look at the unusual “skew brickwork” used to add strength to the bridge and how the strain of the tow rope cut notches in the iron guard at the foot of the bridge. Further along after passing the car park and picnic tables at Soldierstown Car Park you come to a large expanse of water, known as the Broad Water. Look out for the Soldierstown Church up on your left, where the engineer responsible for the Lisburn-Lough Neagh section of the canal, Richard Owen, was buried in 1830. On reaching the top end of the main Broad Water you will see the former bank-ranger’s house however this is now privately owned. The final part of the walk will take you into the Village of Aghalee.

For those who wish to continue their journey towards Lisburn, then you can either take the train from Moira Railway Station or simply follow small country back roads, joining the towpath of the Lagan Valley Regional Park at Union Locks, Blaris Road, Lisburn.

Getting to the Start

A pedestrian entrance to the Broad Water is available from the car of Moira Railway Station, Station Rd, Moira. A car park, picnic tables and link to the towpath are located at Soldierstown Car Park on the Soldierstown Road approximately midway between the villages of Moira and Aghalee . In addition the route can also be accessed in Aghalee Village from Soldierstown Road.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled parking

Facilities

Car parking available at Soldierstown. Refreshments available in Moira.

Publication

None

Publication Availability

n/a

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Ratings and Comments

Paul mckenna 6 January, 2017 @ 20:48

A beautiful walk no matter what time of the year. Paths are clean and dry. Plenty of seating with splendid views and a flask of hot coffee.about 3 and a bit miles from Moira station.

★★★★★
T Patrick Kelly 5 November, 2016 @ 19:24

Amazing walk to Aghalee,...how but how did I not know about it before ?,..as graceful as the the two herons I observed on the delightful walk with people with a learning disability today.

★★★★☆
Rachael 1 August, 2015 @ 18:19

Very peaceful and quiet and off the beaten track. Lovely wildlife. Water quiet enough for the dog to go for a paddle. He could safely run off lead too. Flat terrain and peaceful atmosphere Made for a lovely relaxing walk. Will return.

★★★★★
Paul 2 February, 2014 @ 00:31

A beautiful tranquil walk at any time of year. Cold crisp, bright winter days bring the delightful views of nearly two hundred over-wintering swans on the Broadwater.

★★★★★
andrew 7 January, 2010 @ 11:21

best place go there loads of the time for walks and the good pike fishing

Ronald 11 May, 2009 @ 23:09

Peaceful walk, fresh air, and plethora of birdsong. Fantastic.

nuala 5 May, 2008 @ 20:30

Jewel of a find. Fantastic walk, great for dogs esp if they enjoy the water, and can swim!!

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