This route is through parkland in Lagan Valley Regional Park. It runs alongside the River Lagan and returns via the Lagan Towpath. A section of the National Cycle Network Route 9 also runs through the park.
Point of interest:Lockkeepers Cottage, Shaws Bridge, Lagan Canal, Red Bridge
Nearest town:Shaw's Bridge Belfast
Getting to the start by public transport:Shaw's Bridge is serviced by Translink route 13D or Metro Services 8 and 93 (New Forge Lane).
Please refer to the Translink website (see link below).
OS map:Sheet 15
Terrain:Surfaced tarmac paths
Route:The route begins at the car park at Shaws Bridge. Leaving the car park, follow the path leading along the right hand side of the river. Continue following this for 1.5km until reaching the Gilchrist Bridge, a brown wooden elevated bridge that will take you across the eastern side of the river. Follow the path to the left, following the river along its length until arriving back at Shaws bridge.
Cross under the old Shaw’s Bridge 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 - open 7 days a week
Getting to the start by car:Car parking at Shaw's Bridge, off the A55 Outer Ring.