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Lagan Towpath

The Lagan Towpath takes the walker along the river and canal system through a variety of wetland, riverside meadows and mixed woodland from Belfast to Lisburn. Home to a variety of wildlife, the canal system dates back to the late 18th century and many features still give an insight into the majestic era of the lighter - the name for the boats that originally travelled on the Lagan Canal.

Please Note: the towpath will be closed between the entrances at Lambeg Bridge and McIlroy Park from 7th May 2019 to the end of May 2019.  This is to allow for essential repair work to be carried out on the towpath at Ballyskeagh Bridge.  There will be cordons and notifications at the actual locations on the towpath.  




11 miles

OS Map

Sheets 15 & 20

Nearest Town

Stranmillis, Belfast

Route Shape


Route Type



Off road quiet surfaced paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Historical canal, tranquil riverside habitats

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lagan Valley

Route Description

From Stranmillis, Belfast - go onto the tarmaced towpath with the river to your left. Continue for approximately 2kms.

Cross the canal at Lock Keepers cottage (past red footbridge).

At Shaws Bridge (old stone bridge), walk up the zigzag path to your left, cross the bridge taking you back to right hand side of the river. Continue with the river on your left until Drumbridge, here the path takes you over the river via a narrow footbridge and you can continue with the river and canal on your right till you reach Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

The route takes you under the motorway via a walkway, under the sandstone Ballyskeagh bridge and crosses first the Tullynacross road and then the Hilden road. At Lagan Valley Island, cross the canal and keep alongside the river until you reach the road. To continue on towards Union Locks you will have to cross three roads using the crossings. When back on the river continue with river to your left for the final stretch to Union Locks.

There is an option to extend the route from Stranmillis Weir, northwards to the Odyssey Complex where the River Lagan enters Belfast Lough. Upon reaching the weir at Stranmillis, bear left along the tarmac path to enter the car park at the popular local bar and eatery - 'Cutters Wharf'. After passing by Cutters Wharf and Queens Boat House on your right hand side, take the off road tarmac path to the right leading towards the river. Continue to follow this path under the bridge at Annadale Embankment. Follow the foot path along the river before reaching Kings Bridge at the Ormeau Road. The route continues along the edge of the river after crossing the Ormeau Road. Continue to follow this off road path until reaching Central Station.

Upon reaching Central Station continue on the towpath with the river on your right, before reaching the main A20 East Bridge Street. Cross the road using the traffic lights and continue straight ahead onto Laganbank Road. After 100m, continue onto the river side path rather than bearing left onto Lanyon Place. Continue walking along the riverside path passing the Waterfront Hall on your left. Cross the A2 road using two sets of traffic lights, past ‘The Thanksgiving Statue’ or Nuala with the Hula as locals refer to this piece of modern metal sculpture, before reaching the pedestrian bridge adjacent to another piece of public art, ‘The Big Fish’. 

Cross the River Lagan using the pedestrian footbridge and bear left at the end of it to follow the path along the river, this time with it on your left. You will arrive at the Odyssey Arena on your right.


Getting to the Start

From Belfast the towpath can be accessed from Lockview Road, Stranmillis. The roundabout at Stranmillis College is signed for Lagan Valley Regional Park, parking is available on the left at the bottom of Lockview Road next to the boat clubs and tennis courts. Alight from 8A Metro bus at Stranmillis College or approx 1 mile walk from Central Station along Laganside to Stranmillis.

From Lisburn the towpath at Union Locks can be accessed from Blaris Road, off Hillsborough Road which is near the M1 Sprucefield turn-off. The Hillsborough Road is on a number of bus routes in and out of Lisburn and the train can be used as a link to Belfast from Lisburn. Lisburn Station is at the bottom of Station Road.


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


Refreshments at Stranmillis; Cutters river grill and bar. Toilet and café facilities at Lock Keepers Cottage. Restaurant at Ramada Hotel, access from laneway opposite Lock Keepers Cottage. Refreshments and toilet facilities at Malone House, set in Barnetts Demesne above Shaws Bridge. Toilet and cafe facilities in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, follow paths from Drumbridge. Restaurant and toilet facilities at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.


Towpath Leaflet, Lagan Valley Regional Park

Publication Availability

Available from local Tourist Information Centres, libraries or call 028 9049 1922

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Ratings and Comments

Colin Park 25 June, 2019 @ 12:25

Caught the train from Belfast Gt Victoria St to Lisburn then started walk from Moore's Bridge back to Belfast Lanyon Place Station. A surfaced path throughout which is quite tiring on your feet after 11 miles. I found the walk very much of a much ness with thick vegetation either side of the path and few views of the canal. Locks were mostly totally overgrown and often out of view. The biggest problem along this route are the number of speeding cyclists especially at the Belfast end. If only they had bells to give the walker some warning of their approach from behind. Several times cyclists sped past me very close.

Neil Attenbury 14 February, 2018 @ 02:01

I enjoy walking many miles along the toe path.

Most cyclists are well lit and considerate although unfortunately there's perhaps to many at certain times.

There's a few blind spots which I have noticed myself whilst cycling where accidents would easily occur.

As for the dogs I agree they can be a nuisance especially if you are sitting on a bench eating and they come over usually dripping wet looking for something to eat.

I don't think there's much the owners can actually do.

Yes there's a few things which remove you from the natural environment your in although overall it's still a very pleasant and healthy way to exercise.

One thing I'm a little hesitant about is the cows I've noticed being put around certain fields throughout the lagan Meadows area.

They are big animals and are they actually safe?

carol lavery 27 July, 2017 @ 10:51

I'm a frequent walker from Cutters Wharf to the Lockkeeper's Cottage. On Saturday afternoon past I was nearly knocked off my feet by a group of cyclists and have a bruise on my left arm to prove it. To add insult to injury no one stopped to apologise or ask if I was ok, I was quite shaken up because of the shock. Can someone please inform cyclists it is not a racing track and show a bit more courtesy to other users of the towpath.

Leslie 15 July, 2017 @ 11:40

Actually started this walk at Central Station and headed alongside the river walk towards Stranmillis passing the old gasworks site, Queen's University Sports Centre and the Lyric Theatre. The route is well signposted and shadows either the river or the canal for its entire length. There are several opportunities to exit the route if you don't have the time or energy for the whole walk. Most of the way is rural but here and there there are examples of industrial use most of which lies tucked away behind undergrowth or standing in ruin such as the abandoned Barbour Mill site close to Lisburn. The route provides an opportunity for several 'side excursions' such as Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park at Drum Bridge or Barnet's Demesne close to Shaw's Bridge. With quite a number of access points it is not surprising that the towpath is popular for a variety of users but there are stretches where you can be on your own. Highlights for me where the high sandstone bridge at Ballyskeagh and the redeveloped Island Centre close to Union Bridge in Lisburn. The path finishes quite abruptly just beyond the rather sad remains of Union Locks close to Sprucefield where the canal becomes a drainage pipe! Still, it is a fine walk with lots to see along the way including river wildlife, forest, and echoes of times when barges moved through the countryside. found no issues with other path users - maybe I was just lucky!

J Carlisle 24 March, 2017 @ 10:02

A point that cyclists might consider. I am one of the 70 percent of 70 year olds who suffer hearing loss. I simply can't hear most of the cyclist's bells. I can hear "Excuse me please".

Amanda 23 March, 2017 @ 20:06

Had a great visit to Shaw Bridge and followed the canal to the Lock Keepers Inn for a lovely cup of tea and scone.great afternoon walking

Simpson 4 February, 2017 @ 15:40

Was nudged of balance by impatient cyclist Then a lost dog thought I was its friend No respect shown for older persons. Pity

Anna 7 January, 2017 @ 12:34

A beautiful asset to Belfast which unfortunately is ruined sometimes by discourteous and dangerous cyclists. I find that very few of them ring their bell to alert you to their presence and myself and my parents have had a number of near misses.

Regular user 8 September, 2016 @ 08:56

I use the towpath several times a week and feel lucky to live close by it. However I am starting to lose patience with people who own large dogs and let them off the lead. My daughter is 9 and enjoys jogging with me along the path. As her fitness has improved she runs along at her own pace in front of me. She is now scared of large dogs. she can cope with small dogs but having a large black Labrador hurtling towards her because she is running as happened last night is not on. If the owner appear from round a corner with the words. "It won't hurt you" once more I will crack. We can't mind read whether the dog is dangerous or not.

Ken 27 August, 2016 @ 11:11

I walk from drumbeg car park towards hilden 3 times a week. I am surprised at how inconsiderate dog owners can be. In the first 250 yards there's dog poo regularly on the path as the dogs have only just got out of the car and the owners are to selfish to bring a poop bag , in a lot of cases the owners who do use a poop bag seem to think it's acceptable to leave the bag at the side of the path.

I can't believe that with River agencies providing such a beautiful walk way that dog owners can ruin it for everyone else. Shame on you dog owners.

Gavin 5 August, 2016 @ 10:06

Unfortunatley I have to raise the issue over cyclists on the lagan towpath. While I have no objection to cyclists using the path for recreational purposes, there is a growing trend of racing bikes being used at dangerous speeds for walkers/runners. All too frequently if you don't 'get out of their way' you can expect abuse to be shouted at you. I almost got cleaned out this morning on my run as a lycra clad maniac came hurtling towards me. I appreciate this is not all cyclists however that type of bike being used for racing purposes should not be on a pedestrian path, the council need to step up and place appropriate signage on the path or place wardens at peak times to curtail this behavior. Some also seem to come from a kind of backwards dimension where the sign 'Cyclists Dismount' at the Lock Keepers inn registers as 'Ah yes I should probably speed up and use pedestrians as bowling pins' Think of other users, you are on a machine and they are on foot.

Regular User 17 July, 2016 @ 11:36

I've used the path many times as a cyclist and walker. Lycra-clad cyclists seem to use this path as a cycle speedway. In one of the other reviews on here, a cyclist says he wants "decent exercise" on the path, i.e. to go fast. It's not suitable for that, at all - at points it's very narrow and I personally know of several accidents caused by cyclists doing exactly this. Hiking and walking is fine along here, at peak times be aware of a lot of bell ringing or cyclists flying past without warning. NOTE the rules of the towpath are: keep left / bag your dog poo / cyclists must yield to all other path users. None of these are followed and BY THE WAY, to the jerk who yelled at me, there are no rules against cycling "two abreast". In short, most people are OK but a lot of cyclists take the P.

H 24 May, 2016 @ 21:39

Hi - I am a Londoner working in Belfast over the summer, and a very keen walker. I decided to enjoy your long summer evenings walking the Lagan towpath in stages. Here's an outsider's perspective: in comparison to the Thames Path, it is wonderful. Yes, you have lots of cyclists but I have found them polite, and generally ring their bell to let you know they are there. Yes, there are loose dogs, and some dog poo, but not a significant problem. Overall it is providing wonderful, peaceful, evening's walks. Only a few minor criticisms: I am sure the advertised mileage is wrong; I'm glad I printed the maps off this website as the signage is a bit unclear in places, and I would have appreciated more information on access points by public transport. (I ended up breaking the walk into three stages, with a bus to the Malone roundabout and a train to Lambeg providing the interim access points). Well done and thanks to whoever for establishing a lovely walk, clearly appreciated by large numbers of locals.

P 5 April, 2016 @ 11:46

Please everyone keep to the left and realise dogs can be unpredictable even when their owners try to control them and cyclists go faster than walkers! As a cyclist I want to get decent exercise and while i try to be as courteous as possible to others it's not always returned. Being verbally abused and threatened because pedestrians have taken exception to me having to swerve at brake (from 10mph) around them as they blocked the entire path is not on. Everyone listen out, slow down when appropriate and keep to the left. If you make an effort to control dogs there will be no issue. There's enough anger on the roads, please don't ruin a peaceful route!

Leanne 1 April, 2016 @ 09:15

Just recently started walking here with my other half and young daughter and a small dog on a lead!.its such a lovely peaceful walk. Everyones very polite and the cyclists are always very nice even my daughter tells me to move in when she sees them. But i cannot belive how much dog mess there was today who thinks its ok to let their dog mess and walk away and leave it? Digusting my daughter stood on some and the wheels of her trike were covered .its just nasty its a shame cause its such a beautiful place

John 18 March, 2016 @ 10:02

Unfortunately my wife and I no longer walk the beautiful towpath due to irresponsible dog owners who let their dogs run wild and crazed cyclists. Oh and the dog dirt. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love to walk the towpath but are prevented for fear of dangerous dogs and ignorant cyclists. Surely everyone has the right to the peaceful enjoyment of the towpath. Obviously it needs more than keep your dog on a leash signs.

Laura 10 February, 2016 @ 13:48

I walked along the towpath recently to take photographs for my photography class and I completely agree with the people who are talking about having signs for pedestrians. It was my first time actually walking a towpath and I didn't even realise that there was a code in the first place, I realised that I had to walk on the left from watching other people; but otherwise I wouldn't have had any idea!

It's a very beautiful area, but it's such a shame that the river has become so brown from pollution :(

Everyone that I encountered were very friendly, they all either smiled or said hello, it was lovely!

(I saw a few dogs off leashes running towards cyclists, one was nearly right underneath a cyclist wheel, it was awful!)

Dogs really should be advised to be kept on leads, as the towpath is quite busy.

michele annika noren 30 January, 2016 @ 13:56

i love this river, many a time i walk it with my dog, and its such a beautiful well kept beauty spot.

Joe 7 October, 2015 @ 19:55

I have been reading all comments from all Lagan towpath users, cyclists seem to be getting the bad press. I walk the path regular and if I follow the code and stay to the left cycles go by without any problems. Dog walkers are not following the code,dogs are not in control,no leads running wild.dogs need to be on leads,it makes sense.

P 24 August, 2015 @ 08:25

to M, you are correct that it says Cyclists ought to give way... To pedestrians not animals that are running out of control. If you had to stop and call your dog over then your dog wasn't under your control. The sign also says that Dogs must be kept under control at all times. Being both a dog Walker on the tow path and a cyclist on the tow path, dogs off their lead are more of a hazard to other users.

M 15 August, 2015 @ 10:09

I really enjoy walking the towpath. I've walked part of Broad Water before, so it was great to get on the Lagan Towpath. The only think that bothered me was we were forever stopping and calling the dog over for cyclists to pass - yet on the sign at the beginning of the towpath it says cyclists ought to give way. Just something I noticed.

All in all it was a good day. We got as far as Lady Dixon's, at which point we stopped for lunch, had ice cream from the coffee shop, and went for a stroll through the gardens. We had a rest under a tree but soon left because another dog owner arrived with his dogs off the lead, so one came over to bother us, and he proceeded to throw a ball in full view of the dog we had with us, so even when he left, our dog was agitated.

The walk back was very painful. I was wearing cheap trainers and we'd done that thing of walking as far as possible and then realising we had to get back somehow. Ouch.

To the person who pointed out that some people don't respond when they say "hi", whilst I do generally respond on the towpath, there are inevitably going to be times when I don't. Some people walk the towpath because they're feeling down. I don't know about you, but when I'm low, I don't really want anything to do with other people - and I was amazed by how busy the towpath was. You don't really expect so many people when you're walking an overgrown path.

Final note - superb view of Hilden Mill!

Alex Mcknight - Cyclist 3 August, 2015 @ 18:21

Many fond memories here as a kid, learning to cycle and rollerblade of which are my fondest.

I rarely go on the path on my bike now (20 years old) because it almost seems like there is a power struggle between dog walkers, cyclists and those simply walking the path. This is not an exclusive opinion of mine as you will see in the reviews posted before mine and I would bet that the following ones will reiterate this theory.

This said I believe that generally there is a certain level of mutual respect shown by all three parties in the power struggle; it only take s so few people to ruin the party unfortunately.

Advice for those cycling on the towpath

- Keep to left. You're either ignorant or from Europe/America if you insist on doing otherwise.

- Ring your bell when approaching other path users and before going around blind corners to alert those that you cant see and vice versa.

- Keep it real: more than likely you arent competing in a time trialled stage (although I and many others like to think when we throw on our kid sized 'Team Sky' strip. There's no need to race your shadow.

- Helmets in my opinion should be mandatory for all those on two wheels, irrelevant of your route and its setting.

- Bite your tongue: Should someone not leap out of your way as you steam roll towards them or perhaps even collide with you on your journey, take a deep breath and advise them should they be in the wrong. I hate nothing more than to see someone give off in a pair of tap dancing shoes and more than likely unflattering lycra. Mistakes happen.

- Manners are invaluable. Thank those that step aside to let you pass.

To all - If someone interacts with you and passes comment such as 'Hi', 'How are you?', 'Great day isnt it?' feel free to respond. The majority of users will respond, I've even had the pleasure of stopping and talking with strangers on the path. However there have been a few times I have interacted with those whilst walking on the path and in return some look at me like I'm walking on my hands and clapping with my feet; others will stare at the ground as if they're extremely short sighted and anticipating to step into a pile of sh***; alternatively they look dead ahead as if they have gone without water for a week and are so delirious that they think they've come across the eighth wonder of the world which in actual fact is a marriage e.g. spotting Poseidon himself, bathing in a fountain of River Rock water in the distance behind me.

I hope i haven't come across as a diva and/or grumpy old fart which most certainly have.

P.S. to all Tourists/'Towpath Virgins' - Please try the path for yourselves...

Many Thanks,

Alex McKnight

JAMES MCGEAGH 10 June, 2015 @ 21:14


Paul 27 May, 2015 @ 08:36

I have been using the towpath for over 20 years variously as a route to commute to work by bike; for getting out and about in our wonderful countryside with my dog and my family; for exercise and relxation and for rehabilitation after an illness. I note the (sometimes emotive) comments left by folk who enjoy the pleasures of towpath and I am a little saddened that some have found it necessary to highlight issues about adverse behaviours of 'Cyclists' and 'Dog walkers' and in some cases comments that serve to alienate the respective 'User Groups'. I think that the core element of respect for the environment of our tow path and respect for and from all those who enjoy it should be what guides us when we set out on the tow path and when sharing our experiences.

I suppose it is a matter of when we all set out with a mind to respect this environment and those who enjoy it, we find ourselves less likely to be in a position where we have to 'Tolerate' or 'Challenge' matters or behaviours that we find unacceptable.

peter 24 May, 2015 @ 15:15

It's a nice walk and I've been using it since before it had a pathway at all. As usual the worst thing about using this walk/cycle way is the dog crap left in little plastic bags, scattered on the edge of the path, floating in the river and dangling from season to another in the trees and bushes.

C 20 May, 2015 @ 15:56

Im ashamed to say that I had never really been on the towpath, despite living beside it for 30+ years. I recently took up a challenge in work to exercise more and as a result have started walking along the towpath. I have to say that I find everyone very courteous, most cyclists 'ding' their bell and say thanks as they pass, walkers will almost always greet you with a hello. Wish the lockkeepers inn stayed open a bit later though!

Allen 16 May, 2015 @ 19:15

I'm a frequent cyclist on the towpath and love it. I use a bell and ring it when approaching any pedestrians etc to warn them of my approach and I also slow down where appropriate. There are however, a lot of inconsiderate dog wakers who unleash their dogs and don't seem to control them properly. I love dogs, but its often like an assault course on this area with a few too many dog owners who think they own the place or just don't care. I have at least two iinstances per trip where I have o brake violently for unleashed dogs. Cyclists, be aware for your own safety and dog owners,, its a shared narrow path, not the woods, please keep your dogs on a leash, its only fair and some of you are really dangerous.

Sioban 14 May, 2015 @ 11:13

This is a beautiful place to walk or cycle. However, clear, large signs need to be put up to explain the 'code', which I have just read here. It sorely needs to be made clear that when a cyclist rings their bell a pedestrian is expected to move to the left. Many of us associate a cyclist's bell with a bossy command, rather than with a courteous request - this attitude must be changed with a bit of re-education. When I cycle with my children we ring the bell and pass at a speed just above walking pace. Many walkers cannot hear a bell behind them.

When walking a few weeks ago we had terrible abuse yelled at us by a cyclist. We heard the bell but he was past us and yelling before we had time to react! My 70 -year old father-in law had the skin taken off his heel (in boots!) by a cyclist who careered into him and carried on. At the time, he was warning a mother and child that they should be careful not to be knocked into the water. 3 weeks later, when his heel was almost better, he returned to his walk and was clipped by a cyclist from behind. He fell and cut his knee, elbow and knuckles. The cyclist continued. This is a 70-year-old man, trying to look after his health! So please, cyclists, go at a reasonable speed and give pedestrians time to move out of your way. And somebody please put up a sign about the 'moving to your left' rule.. It might seem obvious but it really isn't..

Sharon 8 May, 2015 @ 17:01

Dogwalkers, please keep your dogs on leads. Last week, a lady allowed both her two huge dogs to attack me and push me over. Then when I didn't like the fact (asked her to keep them away from me), she started giving ME abuse. It is the height of selfishness to allow your animal to attack others. No matter how much you sweet talk your pet, asking Killer nicely not to bite anyone in a childish voice isn't going to cut it because it's JUST AN ANIMAL. It doesn't understand english, it won't obey commands, you're not a trainer and it CAN hurt people At very least, it will scare the public, and you haven't prepared your dog to walk safely beside young children or babies. I've had several dogs go for my handbag because I brought a sandwich with me. Start obeying the law and Stop being so utterly selfish.

lucy 26 April, 2015 @ 10:27

it is very nice for a family walk

Admin 16 April, 2015 @ 11:14

Thank you for your query regarding horses on the towpath, DCAL are the owners of the towpath, please see their response below.

‘The towpath is open to walkers, runners, cyclists and dog owners however it is not open to horse riders as per our towpath code of conduct attached. The towpath is narrow and to allow horses to use the towpath would introduce a whole range of issues like space for other users, the close proximity of horses on a narrow path and the issue of the residue that they leave behind.’

Gerry Devlin 6 April, 2015 @ 19:57

I walk this route from Mary Peter's track to Drumbeg with my dog & find that most cyclists are accommadating as am I - however fast cyclists who come up from the rear should be made aware of - especially when they colide with your dog & rant off at YOU !!!

S 2 April, 2015 @ 00:25

Can someone please tell me why horses are not allowed on the path?

If it's a shared public path, surely it should be open to enjoy on horseback

Cal 3 January, 2015 @ 16:07

As little post Xmas/New Year activity my husband and I cycled 16km along this path this morning. I don't cycle often and at my age the pace is somewhat slower..(sniggers). I dinged my bell where necessary but still feel I was lucky to come away with my head intact. Between children and dogs stepping into the path and being sworn at by some chap because a cyclist coming the other way did not ding his bell, I was glad to return home. That said....what a beautiful refreshing ride through the lovely NI countryside. Such a shame grumpy, inconsiderate folk made it a bit of a trial.

Neal 23 November, 2014 @ 15:10

I have been running along the towpath for years and if large dogs not on their leashes wasn't enough, there are now people riding large horses every Sunday! They are very intimidating to pass and leave a total mess behind them...literally! Surely the horses should not be allowed and if there is a £50 fine for dog mess it should be much more for what the horses leave behind. These people should be advised that they either should not be on the towpath or at least have to clean up after themselves like everyone else.

frank 3 November, 2014 @ 17:33

I frequently use the towpath both walking and cycling. I use my bell, slow down when I come on walkers,and say thank you as I pass....boring I know? Some do reply, some won't move out of the way.why do some folk walk 3 or 4 dogs on leads almost strangeling themselves and the dogs. Some bikers seem to be training for Tour de France. Have a titter of wit it is a 6foot wide path. Stay left everyone. There's room for everyone.easy does it.

Chris 17 October, 2014 @ 15:43

I'm a frequent walker & occasional cyclist on the towpath. I ring my bell & slow down when cycling but as others have said often get a scowl. Similarly when walking have nearly been flattened on a number of occasions by cylists going too fast & giving no warning. Some good manners never goes amiss. (Beginning to sound like my Dad!) That said one of the best places I know to walk / cycle- early morning best!

Paddy 23 September, 2014 @ 13:18

Unfortunately sheep will be sheep.

I am sick of hearing "cyclists this" and "pedestrians that".

As a pedestrian and cyclist along this wonderful path it deeply saddens me to see how unwilling people are to "share" and show "consideration". No surprise the world is a mess these days.

Some people are innocently unaware of course but there are also people who are down right rude and nasty, cyclists AND pedestrians included.

There is the code and there is (un)common sense. But too many seem to need everything printed in black and white.

Everyone stick to the left.

Slow down when approaching pedestrians and use your bell.

Don't swear at cyclist just because they ding their bells. They are doing you a courtesy so stop taking things so darn personally.

Don't have your headphones on so loud it makes you a danger to yourself and others.

Give manners a try. Good morning, excuse me, thank you, please and a smile! Don't worry it won't hurt. Trust me.

And finally, for heavens sake clean up after your dogs when they mess!

I feel displaying a sign with something along these lines would go a long way though it is unfortunate such a visual guide is even necessary.

Being arrogant and stubborn about who's right is what gets no one nowhere. People just want a peaceful journey and to get home safe at the end of the day.



Des 5 September, 2014 @ 22:19

I ride a bike on the trials and try to stay of the toepath itself. Most walker will move over a bit when you ring your bell but some will try to get in your way. I always stay on the left when on the toepath, i slow down when i come up to any walkers but you still here them talking about you when you get past. People need to wise up a little and share this path otherwise the could be a fight some day. Hope im wrong but i dont think so.

L 26 May, 2014 @ 12:32

Lovely place to cycle, however as Tony has mentioned, the level of inconsiderate conduct by pedestrians can make this quite a frustrating ride on occasions.

Ringing your bell is the universal warning to pedestrians, however don't be surprised if nobody steps aside for you. It is not uncommon for walkers to even swear at cyclists for ringing their bell!

Basic rule - stick to the left - should be easy to follow, however it isn't common place.

Slowing down to almost a stop and then having to get off your bike, it sadly not uncommon on busier sections of this path.

Elderly will not step aside, young have headphones in and will not hear you.

To echo Tony again, . 'A simple code of keep to your left and make room for others would solve most issues' .

Tony 18 November, 2013 @ 12:39

First we must all realise what a fantastic resource we have. A simple code of keep to your left and make room for others would solve mst issues, but his is not widely known. I've cycled on the Towpath for over 20 years and never collided with anyone. Keeping slow when passing pedistrians and ringing your bell is the main priority to let others know your approaching. However some pedistrians just don't want to share the space? Can we get the bridge at the Lock Keepers widened to allow all to pass? Getting off your bike does not make sense.

Derek 30 October, 2013 @ 17:56

Have not been there yet but I notice that Brown Trout are mentioned - Is there any fishing along this route?

Tracy 5 October, 2013 @ 21:48

Lovely place for a walk but just a pity you have to walk looking down at the footpath - absolutely disgusted at the amount of dog poo!! If u gave to take your dig, clean up after it!! Apart from that, perfect

David 20 September, 2013 @ 19:43

The code says right of way belongs to pedestrians so cyclists should be the ones to be aware of walkers, not the other way around!!

Richard 19 September, 2013 @ 15:48

I have cycled to work along the Towpath from Lisburn to Belfast for the last 5 years. In the main I find most of the persons on foot are fine if you take care. There is the odd ignoramus though ! Then again who can blame them, the towpath has become inundated with cyclists this last year and of the worst kind. Speeding, ignorant and inconsiderate. Some users of the towpath are old, infirm, very young, deaf, handicapped etc., and cannot always make room for cycles or are aware of them - bells don't always work, if you are cycling and come up to pedestrians, expect to slow down and don't try to keep to the same speed as when it is clear. If you are a pedestrian, be aware that you are not the only users of the towpath. As to uncontrolled dogs - Agh! and then again the illegal horses! My my. To the towpath manager - this winter we could do with you taking some responsibility for gritting the path - it can be dangerous for all otherwise! enough said!

Wm Harvey 25 August, 2013 @ 18:38

Today I went for a spin (and for the first time ever) along the Lagan towpath. I was on my bicycle and used the LHS of the towpath. I was not aware of all the rules in the towpath code but using common sense I navigated all quite safely. One person did remark though "have you not got a bell?". Being from the "sticks" and not used to the town dweller wit I quickly replied "never had an emergency necessitating such an instrument" followed by" don't panic Mr Mannering - there's no hurry - after you sir". All very civilised really but sorry on the bell issue.- I'm now fully conversant with the tow path code and look forward to coming back complete with bell. By the way the countryside alliance are pushing for the cows to have bells fitted also as their horns don't work .. LOL:).

lisburn cyclist 25 August, 2013 @ 15:12

cycled from lisburn to stranmillis today.i am a very considerate cyclist and give way and ring bell etc,but was shocked by the amount of inconsiderate walkers ,who would not move when they seen me coming towards them.i had to cycle out past them ,and it almost caused collision with cyclist coming from same direction as them.i think walkers should use left hand side of towpath in either direction,as most cyclists do, to avoid these dangerous situations.a few weeks ago i cycled towards four people and had to go onto the grass verge as they would not move in.

albert crozier 14 August, 2013 @ 14:34

the comments on bell ringing while cycling on Tow Path are good but bell ringing is useless if the walkers are wearing ear phones.

for everyones safety the wearing of such phones should be restricted to one ear only

Dog Walker 13 August, 2013 @ 22:57

Can I say a big thank you to the cyclists who use their bell when approaching dog walkers.... I will do my best to get out of your way. To those who don't ding.... shame on you!!

Mgck 28 July, 2013 @ 15:28

Hear hear! I do the same! I do notice that women of a certain age walking in pairs will not move into single file for anyone! Can signs be put up encouraging good towpath etiquette! I'm always very considerate!

Stu 22 July, 2013 @ 10:16

I treat the towpath like the road. I always travel on the left if I'm walking or on my bike. If everyone did the same it would make a big difference.. While cycling I always use my bell when approaching pedestrians and blind corners and I always say thank you to people who let me pass although I am still receive some dirty looks but font hear any comments as I have e my headphones in..

Administrator 16 April, 2013 @ 08:58

Managers of the Towpath, the Lagan Valley Regional Park state:

Walkers, cyclists, runners and many others are welcome to use the shared use path, however we do request that everyone shows consideration for other users and follows the Towpath Code. The towpath code states that cyclists must give way to pedestrians at all times.

For details of the Towpath code, see the link above.

Ed Benton 15 April, 2013 @ 21:47

It's neither a cycle path nor a walking path, but a shared path.

No one has "right of way"

Cyclists aren't expected to mow people down and yell abuse, but then pedestrians aren't expected to "stand their ground" and not let cyclists past either.

Sounds like you were both as bad as each other.

w.j. moag 13 October, 2012 @ 22:30

I walked the towpath from Drumbeg Liburn to Shawsbridge and back. I was allmost perfact but for a nutcase on a bike.

The towpath was narrow and he rode his bike stright at me shouting at me to get out of the way.I stood my ground as he came to me i told him that all pedestrens had "right of way" as i stood to one side he called me some names and shooted it was a cyclepath and rode on.

Is it near time to put up more signage for these people who ride bikes on the towpath that predestrens have "right of way" and not the other way round.

I had a very enjoyable walk but for this thug on abike.

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