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Lagan Two Bridges Walk

This route is through parkland in Lagan Valley Regional Park. It runs alongside the River Lagan and returns via the Lagan Towpath. A section of the National Cycle Network Route 9 also runs through the park.

County

Antrim

Distance

3.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15

Nearest Town

Shaw's Bridge Belfast

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Parkland & Grassland, Riverside, Woodland

Terrain

Surfaced tarmac paths

Grid Reference (Start)

J325691

Grid Reference (End)

J325691

Point of Interest

Lockkeepers Cottage, Shaws Bridge, Lagan Canal, Red Bridge

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

The route begins at the car park at Shaws Bridge. Leaving the car park, follow the path leading along the right hand side of the river. Continue following this for 1.5km until reaching the Gilchrist Bridge, a brown wooden elevated bridge that will take you across the eastern side of the river. Follow the path to the left, following the river along its length until arriving back at Shaws bridge.

Cross under the old Shaw’s Bridge and follow the towpath, firstly alongside the river and then by the disused canal. The canal can be crossed using the humpback bridge or the flat wooden bridge. Both lead to the front of the lock-keeper’s cottage. The Lock Keepers Inn has been open at this location since 2007 and provides lunches, teas, coffees etc. Turn left following the path to Newforge Lane via the wooden bridge over the River Lagan. This path is also part of the National Cycle Network route and is shared with bicycles.

Be careful of traffic on Newforge Lane and follow the footpath for a short distance to reach Clement Wilson Park. The raised surfaced path - known locally as the Burma Road - leads back to the car park, passing under the new road bridge beside Shaw’s Bridge.

 

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Shaw's Bridge is serviced by Translink route 13D or Metro Services 8 and 93 (New Forge Lane).
Please refer to the Translink website (see link below).

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Car parking at Shaw's Bridge, off the A55 Outer Ring.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept under control at all times

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - (Lock Keepers Inn - open 7 days a week)
Disabled toilets - (Lock Keepers Inn)
Disabled parking - (Shaws Bridge)

Facilities

Malone House - cafe, toilets and information, opening hours apply
Lock Keepers Inn - open 7 days a week

Publication

N/A

Publication Availability

N/A

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