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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!




3 miles

OS Map

Sheet 20

Nearest Town

Moira Village

Route Shape


Route Type



Flat towpath

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


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 (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

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.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under close control

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled parking


Car parking available at Soldierstown. Refreshments available in Moira.



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Ratings and Comments

Betty Armstrong 2 February, 2019 @ 19:56

We had a group of 17 from Bangor on this walk today. Beautiful weather and frozen canal and Broadwater. BUT the path was ruined by lots of dog poo. We even saw a woman lift the poo in a bag and leave the tied bag on the grass. We also saw another open one beside a bench on which was sprinkled bird seed. There are NO bins on the walk apart from a couple of LITTER bins at the Moira end and another at the Aghalee end. Plenty of signs saying lift your dog poo but wouldn't it be sensible to put a bin on the same pole?. So disappointing. Come on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council Clean up your area!

Kev 19 July, 2017 @ 18:17

Beautiful walk last evening in bright sun. Noticeably more dog poo than on Lisburn-Belfast Lagan towpath. Gotta watch your step.

S mcknight 13 July, 2017 @ 19:29

Very disappointed at the amount of unlifted dog poo on path from Moira to Soldierstown- folk even have the cheek to leave full poo bags on the path side and also the habit of tying them to the bushes! Don't think I'll use this path too much in the future. MAYBE a few poo bins might prick their consciences!

WalkNI 22 May, 2017 @ 15:46

Thanks for your comment Dwayne, we passed on your feedback to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council who are responsible for the walk and they have informed us that The Council has recently entered an agreement with DFI to install litter bins along the tow path with one at Broadwater and they will continue to patrol the tow path as and when resource allows.

Dwayne 21 May, 2017 @ 20:08

Lovely scenery and very accessible flat walk, but completely ruined by the amount of excrement all over the path (from start to finish) - would only recommend if you are a dog looking for a toilet.

Ann 12 February, 2017 @ 19:35

Fantastic walk, just be aware if your dog likes to swim that at points along the canal they will come out black and smelly! Water was cleaner before the canal was dredged

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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