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Layde Walk

From the coast, the walk goes along selected streets of this village where buildings date back to the 1600's. The steep streets lead ultimately to the Layde Path. From here there are great views of the village and the bay, Carnlough Beach and the Irish Sea. Dogs should be on a lead or under the control of the owner.




2 miles

OS Map

Sheet 9

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Coastal, Urban


On and off-road, steep

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Barbican Gate of Glenarm Castle

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Antrim Coast & Glens

Route Description

From the car park beside the shore, go over the bridge over the river, turn right at the junction and go through the village passing Steenson's Silversmiths on the left. Here, take the road on the left, The Vennel, with patterened stone path and proceed uphill. Just at the point where the houses end, the Layde Walk goes to the left going off the road. This stoney path is the highest point and there are seats to rest. Follow this path to the country road and proceed downhill to the main road. Turn left through a stoney path beside the road and on reaching the road cross over to come back to the bridge over the river and the car park.

Getting to the Start

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk


Dogs are allowed. Please keep your dog under control at all times. Dispose of waste in bins provided.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Toilets are available in the car park. The village has shops and pubs.


Larne Country Walks - Walk No 4.

Publication Availability

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Walk Location
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Ratings and Comments

Maureen 6 July, 2016 @ 23:16

A very nice walk - through a very pretty village. We started at the tourist information center and visited the Jewellers - Steensons - which was great to see Game of thrones examples. We went up a fairly steep hill - very friendly locals stopped to chat. We cut across a path which seemed to be looked after by locals at the back of their gardens - really lovely to see. Beautiful views - nice walk through very quaint streets and back to sea front. The new visitor centre was great to visit - very friendly and run as a community venture. The staff gave very good advice on visiting the forest / best spot to view the castle etc. Overall - a short but charming walk. Will come back to visit more parts of this area.

Lynda 9 April, 2013 @ 11:49

This walk has great variety in spite of its short distance. It is flat at first going through the village. I called into a shop to get a drink and then went on to Steenson's Silversmiths to watch them at their work and see their collection of jewellery. What a pleasure that was. Then it was uphill to the half-way point where you get a fabulous view over the village and the Bay. The downhill is via a country road that passes an old quarry site. Very enjoyable.

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