Walking Route

Belfast's former water supply is now home to many birds and wildfowl. A popular place for local people.


1.4 miles

Start Point:


Finish Point:


Point of interest:

Birdlife, ponds, views

Nearest town:

Antrim Road, Belfast

OS map:

Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder


Surfaced paths with some steps


There are 3 walks around this site - 0.4, 0.9 & 1.4 miles around 2 lakes on tarmac paths.

The longest walk 1.4 miles is described here.

This is a circular walk that can be started from any of entrances to the Waterworks. This description begins at the Queen Mary’s Gardens entrance on the corner of the Cavehill Road and the Antrim Road.

At the round flower bed keep to your left alongside the stream and over the bridge. Climb both sets of steps, then turn right; notice the former gate keeper’s house, (now private). Continue along the tree lined avenue and alongside the lower pond, pausing to enjoy the birdlife and views of Cave Hill.

You can climb to the upper level pond via the steps straight ahead or the ramp to the left. The islands and green edges of this pond are home to a variety of wildlife.

Soon you will pass a small playground before passing over another bridge. The path winds its way around the upper pond. After circling the upper pond, a path off to the left returns you to the lower level.

On the north bank of the lower lake you will find another playground and seating. This area is dominated by the Waterworks Multi-sports facility (Tel 028 9075 4200).

From here it is a short walk back to the starting point.


None on site, refreshments available locally.

Accessible terrain:

Tarmac paths with some steps, steep in places


A Walk in the Park - Waterworks.

Publication availability:

Belfast City Council Parks + Open Spaces Dept. Tel 028 9032 0202 x 6653 or email parksinfo@belfastcity.gov.uk, or available to download on this webpage.

Getting to the start by public transport:

Metro Services: 1 A-H, 61 Cavehill Road. See link for Translink below.

Getting to the start by car:

No parking in the park.

Getting to the start on foot:

Main pedestrian access from Cavehill and Antrim Roads.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre Tourist Information
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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