Lagan Towpath – Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage

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A short circular walk along the edge of the River Lagan along tarmac paths. Features of interest along the route include Shaws bridge, the Lock Keepers Cottage and the newly reinstated lock gates.

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Lagan Towpath – Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage

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  • Walked this route yesterday – seems it has been 5 years since my last trip. I walked from Lisburn to Belfast.

    Some changes to public art and new bridge going up. Wildlife seems to be thriving and river has been cleared of debris from last trip.

    An excellent walk.

    John Hancock at 9:16 pm
  • Lovely walk. V clean with beautiful surroundings. Shame about the people. A few people shaking their heads and to be honest being quite rude. Certain people think they own the footpath or have a sense of entitlement when they are on the footpath.

    Hannah at 4:48 pm
  • beautiful walk and lots of scenery but no bins in and around walk its self lots of poo bags about with poo in them threw dwn not a hood look please install some bins dont destroy this wee treasure.

    dee watson at 7:22 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 1.2 miles

    OS Map 15

    Terrain Flat, tarmaced paths.

    Nearest Town Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J324690

    Route Type Riverside

    Route Description

    From Shaws bridge car park follow the path that leads along the river, on the left hand side of the bridge. At the first path junction, take a right to continue following the river. Follow this path along the edge of the river. When this path ends, follow the footpath round to the right, passing the car park at the end of Newforge Lane. Continue across the wooden bridge and follow the path for 500 m until you reach the Lock Keepers Cottage. Cross the bridge to the other side of the newly installed lock gates and follow the path to the right. This path will lead you back to Shaws Bridge. Ascend the ramp immediately before Shaws Bridge and cross the bridge back to the car park.

    Point of Interest

    Shaws bridge, Lock Keepers Cottage, Lock gates

    Getting to the start

    From the House of Sport roundabout, take the exit towards the Outer Ring, Shaws Bridge car park is 300 m down this road on the right.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Keep dogs on a lead.


    Car park at Shaws Bridge.
    Refreshments and toilets available half way along the route at the Lock Keepers Inn.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 3

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 5cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 1m wide for its entire length.
    • The path will not be steeper than 6° or have a cross slope of greater than 6°.
    • There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be between 12mm and 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 1km.