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Belvoir Forest Walk

The forest covers 75 hectares along the south bank of the River Lagan. There are a number of historic sites to be found within the forest and these are ideal for educational field trips and school groups.




1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 20

Nearest Town

Belfast (Castlereagh)

Route Shape


Route Type

Riverside, Woodland


Moderate, steep in places

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

River Lagan, arboretum, ancient oak trees & wildlife

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

Before you begin the walk, pause to admire the views from the main car park, and then follow the main path downhill from the viewpoint. Take the second path on your left that passes the bottom of the steps up to the Norman motte. Continue along the path until you reach a junction. Take the path to your left which crosses a stream, then left again under the large pipe, following the course of the River Lagan.

Along the way you will have good views across to Moreland’s Meadow. Continue on this path for some distance as it meanders alongside the river, with oak woodland on your right. It eventually leaves the river and leads uphill through a Scots pine woodland.

Further along the path runs adjacent to Belvoir golf course; soon you will see a low wall around a medieval graveyard on your left. From here take the path downhill, turning right through the arboretum.

Cross the wooden bridge then turn right. Any of the paths on your left meander uphill towards the car park.

Guides are available for schools and organised groups - pre booking is essential - telephone 028 4377 2251

These walks are situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversion and closure from time to time.

Up to date information is available on the Forest Service web site - link below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink METRO services 77 / 78 stop on Belvoir Drive, just opposite the main Forest entrance, timings are regular throughout the day from and to the City centre via Forestside Shopping Centre. Ulsterbus service 13 calls less often at the same stopping point.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The A55 outer ring road passes close by to the Forest and directional signs are well placed for drivers travelling in either direction. From Belvoir Drive there is a tarmac entrance road leading to the Forest car park - open 24 hours Sunday to Saturday.

Getting to the Start (on Foot)

Easy access from Belvoir Drive via the 'Highway to Health' or alternatively walkers can enter the Forest across a pedestrian bridge at Lagan Meadows. The Lagan towpath lies directly opposite across the river and access can be gained to this from either Shaw's Bridge or Stranmillis.


Dogs are allowed. All dogs should be kept under proper control. Please ensure that dogs are not allowed to foul on footpaths - clean up and use the dog foul bins provided at the trail head.


Car parking at Belvoir Forest, picnic facilities
Lock keepers cottage - Café facilities


Belvoir Park Forest walking leaflet Belvoir Park Forest history

Publication Availability

Contact Belfast City Council Parks + Open Spaces on 028 90 320202 x 6653 or download both leaflets on this page.

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Ratings and Comments

penny 4 July, 2014 @ 13:58

Circular walk with enough variety to maintain the attention of young children. Easy walking, takes about 30 mins at a childs pace.

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