Crawfordsburn Country Park, Coastal Walk

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This walk ambles through a hay meadow, which is full of wild flowers in the summer months. The route then leads along sandy beaches, including Crawfordsburn Beach and Helen’s Bay.

Grey Point Fort is a restored coastal battery.

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  • I have never walked on this path and would love to do so this summer 2022.

    Krishnan at 12:28 pm
  • One of the best parklands in County Down with great coastal views, sandy beaches, plenty of parking, close to a train station, a range of coastal pathways and woodland trails and even a cafe.

    Nicholas Davis at 2:17 pm
  • Got the train from Belfast to Helen’s Bay. Missed signage at the station to the coastal walk. Walked downhill and found entrance to the path. Lovely walk. Delighted to find clean WCs at Pickie playpark. Missed the sign for the railway station, in Bangor, and was helped by a young Pickie Park worker. Would use WC facilities in Crawfordsburn if doing the walk again.

    Vee Gee at 9:19 am
  • County Down

    Distance 1.4 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15

    Terrain Gravel and tarmac paths.

    Nearest Town Crawfordsburn

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J467822

    Route Type Beach, Coastal

    Route Description

    Leave the Visitor’s Centre at Crawfordsburn Country Park, follow the waymarked trail north through the hay meadow, and onto the coastal path. The walk then heads west, along the fine sandy beaches at Helen’s Bay, past the wartime fort at Grey Point, and finishing at Sea Park.

    This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see Disabled Ramblers NI link below.

    Point of Interest

    Grey Point Coastal Battery; hay meadow and sandy beaches.

    Getting to the start

    Follow the A2 from Belfast to Bangor, Crawfordsburn Country Park is signposted from the Junction at Ballyrobert.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are to be on a lead on the coastal walk.


    Visitor Centre: permanent and seasonal exhibitions, free leaflets and nature books. Toilets for disabled; picnic tables; self service restaurant: open 10am -4.30pm through the year. Scooters for free use are available for people with limited mobility capable of riding them. Booking is advised. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Visitors Centre – Disabled toilets – Disabled parking – Mobility vehicle available.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6°.
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.