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Buttermilk Bridge

Broughshane is known as the "Garden Village of Ulster" thanks to its floral displays. Over 75,000 flowers are planted annually winning the village many national and international awards. Suitable for wheel chair users.




1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Level surface

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Dipper, Malard & Moorhen

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

Starting at Houston's Mill car park follow the path that leads to Broughshane Main Street. Take care crossing the road to the entry archway of the Buttermilk Bridge Walk. Follow the path in an anti-clockwise direction staying close to the river until you reach the play park and car park.Turn left and go down Knockan Road to Main Street, turn left and proceed back to the Houston's Mill site.

The path is well maintained and has no steep inclines or obstacles, making it wheelchair user friendly, and although there are a few drains and uneven patches in places on the Main Street, it is generally not too bad.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The car park at Houston's Mill is located just off the Main Street in Broughshane.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - Numerous cafes in the village
Shop (wheelchair accessible) - In the village
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Public toilets in village. The Thatch Inn and numerous cafes (many have steps).


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Ratings and Comments

StClair Beatty 25 May, 2017 @ 05:47

Short walk along the river edge with bird sanctuary looked after by local group. First world war "dug out "which has been set up for viewing, good play area for the kids at end of walk. The round walk takes you through the best kept village in Ireland with really special floral displays year after year. and its all free!!

Billy Marks 27 October, 2013 @ 20:25

This is a lovely interesting river walk at any time of year and incorporates a small bird sanctuary, it is level and would be suitable for most people. I always take my camera and have taken some good photos there I recommend it.

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