This route explores an historic parkland overlooking the River Lagan.
Point of interest:Trees, ecotrail, flower beds, bandstand
Nearest town:Ormeau, Belfast
OS map:Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain:Tarmac paths, gradual hills
Route:Beginning at the car park beside Ormeau Recreation Centre, take the tree-lined path to the right of the recreation centre, past the all weather pitches.
Keep right at the next two junctions. Continue along this path past mature trees and woodland copses. You will reach a crossroads. Go straight on. You will pass the former Superintendent’s House within a garden on your left.
Continue on until you pass a small shelter. Ahead will be two roads, take the second one on the right. This leads to the outside of the former walled garden.
Turn left, keeping the wall on your right, and then left again on to the main path leading from the entrance to the service yard. Follow this path. You will see the bandstand on your right. Follow the path to the right which leads past a second shelter, some flower beds and mature conifer trees. Just beyond these on your right is a small wildflower meadow.
Continue past a triangular rose bed on your left, but veer left at the next triangular flower bed, in which there stands a bell on a post.
Take the next right and then left to return to the car park.
This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see link below for Disabled Ramblers NI in Ormeau Park.
Facilities:Toilets at Ormeau Embankment and Recreation Centre. Refreshments available locally.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Degree of difficulty -
Pushed wheelchairs: 1-2 (fairly easy)
Surfaces throughout are excellent with broad tarmac driveways criss-crossing the entire area
Accessible signage:No - allow 1 hour scooters, 2 hours pushed wheelchair
Publication:A Walk in the Park, Ormeau Park Leaflet.
Belfast City Council Parks Dept - 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: 7 to Ormeau Road - 0.6 miles (0.9 km) from the starting point.
Or Metro Service 78-79 to Ravenhill Road - 0.4 miles (0.65km) from the starting point.
Getting to the start by car:Car park at Ozone recreation centre – entrance off Ormeau Embankment.