This route is through parkland in Lagan Valley Regional Park. It runs alongside the River Lagan and returns via the Lagan Towpath. It has been designed for use by disabled users. A section of the National Cycle Network Route 9 also runs through the park.
Point of interest:Lockkeepers Cottage, Shaws Bridge, Lagan Canal
Nearest town:Shaws Bridge, Belfast
OS map:Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain:Surfaced tarmac paths
Route:Cross the old Shaw’s Bridge and descend the ramps on your left. Turn right at the bottom and follow the towpath, firstly alongside the river and then by the disused canal. The canal can be crossed using the humpback bridge or the flat wooden bridge. Both lead to the front of the lock-keeper’s cottage. The Lock Keepers Inn has been open at this location since 2007 and provides lunches, teas, coffees etc. Turn left following the path to Newforge Lane via the wooden bridge over the River Lagan. This path is also part of the National Cycle Network route and is shared with bicycles.
Be careful of traffic on Newforge Lane and follow the footpath for a short distance to reach Clement Wilson Park. The raised surfaced path - known locally as the Burma Road - leads back to the car park, passing under the new road bridge beside Shaw’s Bridge.
Facilities:Malone House: Cafe, Toilets and Information - opening hours apply
Lock Keepers Inn: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday-Friday 8.30 am-5.00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8.00 am-6.00 pm.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Surfaced tarmac paths
Publication:A Walk in the Park - Clement Wilson Park, Belfast City Council
Belfast City Council Parks. Tel: 028 9032 0202 ext 6653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaflet also available to download on this webpage.
Getting to the start by public transport:Metro Service 8 or 93 (Newforge Lane).
Getting to the start by car:Car parking at Shaw's Bridge - car park off the A55 Outer Ring.