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Stormont Woodland Walks & Fitness Trail

A walk through attractive woodland and parkland with many interesting features including Parliament Buildings. Only five miles out of the city, Stormont Woodland Walk and Fitness Trail, is a great place to walk, run and relax.

County

Down

Distance

2.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder

Nearest Town

Dundonald, Belfast

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Parkland & Grassland

Terrain

Surfaced and unsurfaced paths

Grid Reference (Start)

J397739

Grid Reference (End)

J397739

Point of Interest

Parliament Buildings, Prince of Wales Avenue

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

This route follows the waymarked “Long Woodland Walk” through the grounds of the estate. Follow the orange coloured arrows around the grounds.

Follow the gravel path from the car park past the playground, keeping left. Cross the Prince of Wales Avenue and continue through the woodland, skirting the Stormont Estate boundary.

Turn left up the hill, then left again and cross the bridge. Follow the path until it reaches open parkland. Go round the base of the bank and cross Massey Avenue. At the Gleaner sculpture turn right and follow this path up through the glen. Before turning right to return down the glen, you may wish to make a short diversion to the top to admire the views down into the steep ravine.

Follow the path round to the Reconciliation sculpture then across the grass to Massey Avenue. After pausing to admire the Carson statue and Parliament Buildings walk about half way down the Prince of Wales Avenue before turning left. Follow the path around the wildlife refuge and sports pitches back to the car park.

A shorter 2km option is also available as well as a 1.6km fitness trail with outdoor gym equipment at various parts of the trail.

Around the estate, you will also find beautiful formal gardens, the historic Parliament Buildings, statues, memorials and some interesting WW2 sites, including the original barrage balloon anchors that held the balloons protecting the government buildings from bombings during the war.

Bench seating, picnic tables and facilities for barbeques are dotted throughout the walks, so you will always have somewhere to relax and enjoy the views.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

The 20a and 23 Metro bus service runs regularly to and from the Stormont Estate.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The Stormont Estate is in the east of Belfast, on the Upper Newtownards Road (A20). When travelling along the Upper Newtownards Road, the large entrance to the estate is visible on the left, about five miles from the city centre. A second entrance for the public on foot is available at Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4.
Parking is available in front of the main gates on the Upper Newtownards Road and at the Massey Avenue entrance.

Facilities

Toilets on site, refreshments available locally

Walk Location
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Ratings and Comments

Sara Ball 26 December, 2012 @ 11:19

I walk Stormont grounds at least three times a week and never get bored. The trees, squirrels and magpies are fantastic. The water lying under the trees at this time of year looks so beautiful and the kids love the play park. Excellent sleighing when snow comes. Seat at gates would be nice if you are waiting for fellow walker.

Lewis Miller 19 November, 2012 @ 14:47

On a recent walk with dogs through Stormont grounds I was repeatedly interrupted by a mountain cyclist who was clearly doing circuits around the grounds. I agree that cycling should be encouraged for transport and recreation but sadly cycles don't mix safely with motorised traffic or (dog)walkers of which there are many in Stormont. It would be reasonable in my view to consider erecting signs to the effect that cycles are not welcome on woodland footpaths. Comments please.

★★★★★
sandra wallace 9 September, 2012 @ 18:39

Walked round grounds yesterday for the first time. Really lovely walks though they are not signposted very well. Plenty of picnic tables so could easily spend a few hours here. Great views over Belfast from top of Prince of Wales Ave.

r martin 31 August, 2012 @ 10:33

why is the grass in these lovely grounds being cut so short that the soil is being left. exposed.walk round the grounds and see large areas of bare soil because of this.can the person cutting the grass not see whats happening?does no one supervise this work?does the department that pays from the public purse not check to see what value we're getting for our money

r martin 8 May, 2012 @ 16:42

I walk here daily and wonder ,along with others,why the grass is being continually cut when it doesn't need it and regardless if the ground is soaken.After yesterdays heavy rain the grass cutters were actually going through puddles this morning cutting grass and turning part of the ground to mud.There are large areas of bare soil and in places plain mud. Erosion is setting in.

★☆☆☆☆
laura magill 12 March, 2010 @ 11:27

I have been walking in this park for years but recently have found it to be absolutely filthy with litter lying among the woodland paths since before Christmas. I can't find any contact details for the estate to find out why things have been let go. It is so bad that rats are an increasingly regular sight!

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