The Lagan Towpath, Stranmillis to Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, Co. Down – 6 miles
Arguably, the best time to walk the Lagan Towpath is early on a crisp winter’s morning as the mist hovers just above Belfast’s main river. When sampling this mysterious scenery it is easy to see why C.S Lewis drew so much inspiration from this special place. This section of the towpath begins in Stranmillis. Just minutes from Belfast city centre, there are a number of shops and trendy cafes – a great spot for a quick snack before your walk.
The walk itself sets off along the river and canal system through a variety of wetland, riverside meadows and mixed woodland. After passing through Lagan Meadows and over Shaw’s Bridge this section of the Towpath finishes at Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, one of Belfast’s most popular public parks, renowned for its ornamental gardens and rose trails.
Once you're there, why not call into the Stables Coffee Shop in the converted barn at the park. It’s open from 10am to 4pm every day and offers hot and cold drinks, soups, sandwiches etc. Other options include the ever popular include Cutters Bar and Restaurant at Stranmillis at the beginning of the walk or the Ramada Hotel at Shaw's Bridge.
Route type: Linear. Dogs: Allowed on leads. Terrain: Flat tarmac paths.