A large (100 acre) public park. a peaceful retreat set in the midst of Belfast, close to the River Lagan.
Point of interest:Trees, ecotrail, flower beds, bandstand
Nearest town:Ormeau, Belfast
OS map:Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain:Surfaced 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.
There is a metal barrier with access to the left hand side.
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.
Facilities:Disabled toilet and 'automated refreshments' at the Recreation Centre, which also provides indoor tennis opportunities especially for disabled people two days a week (details from Centre). The Ozone complex is also accessible
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:Degree of difficulty -
Pushed wheelchairs: 1-2 (fairly easy)
Accessible signage:No - allow 1 hour scooters, 2 hours pushed wheelcahir
Publication:Out 'n' bout: A New Frontier.
Getting to the start by public transport:Car park at Ozone Recreation Centre – entrance off Ormeau Embankment. Metro Services: 7 to Ormeau Road or 78-79 to Ravenhill Road, 0.6 miles (0.9 km) and 0.4 miles (0.65 km) respectively from the starting point.