The Lagan Valley Regional Park is located between Stranmillis, Belfast and Union locks, Lisburn and covers some 4,500 acres of countryside and eleven miles of riverbank.
The Regional Park is a mosaic of countryside, urban parks, heritage sites, nature reserves and riverside trails. The backbone of the Regional Park is the River Lagan and towpath - offering miles of level walking in tranquil, attractive surroundings. Its rich local history includes relics of the old Lagan Canal and linen industry, whilst its more distant past is represented by Norman mottes and evidence of early Stone Age settlements; notably the Giant’s ring. It is an ideal place to enjoy the countryside, pursue active sports such as cycling, running and canoeing, or to participate in more leisurely pursuits such as bird watching and walking. Other outdoor pursuit activities are available within the Park. Please telephone the Park Manager (028 9049 1922) for contact details.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Start Point:Govenors Bridge (Belfast).
Finish Point:Union Locks (Lisburn).
Distance:10 miles of Towpath.
Terrain:A place for families, joggers, walkers and others to learn and enjoy themselves
View points:What wildlife should I watch out for?
Lagan Meadows is home to many fascinating species of plants and animals, including: reed bunting, song thrush, greater tussock, sedge pink waxcap, reedmace, long tailed tit, large bitter-cress, yellow flag iris, orange-tip butterfly.
Time:The Towpath is open to the public at all times however, there are restricted opening times for various car parks and buildings along the route. For information please contact Lagan Valley Regional Park office, Tel: (028) 9049 1922.
Walking Route:Lagan Valley Regional Park is a linear park that stretches from Stranmillis, Belfast to the Union Locks at Lisburn with various points of access to the different attractions along the way.
Opening times:The Regional Park does not close as such, but some of the Parks within it close in the evening, for more details see our website.
Location / Directions
Lagan Meadows is situated approximately two miles from Belfast city centre.
By car – From Belfast city centre, take the Malone Road, and turn left down Bladon Drive, just after the Stranmillis Road junction. Lagan Meadows is immediately at the end of the road, where on-street parking is possible.
By bus – From Belfast city centre, take bus 8A, 8B or 8C to the Malone Road or 8A to Stranmillis Road.
By foot – There are entrances to Lagan Meadows nature reserve from Knightsbridge Park, Sharman Road, and from the Lagan towpath.
The Lagan towpath, running adjacent to the reserve, is suitable for wheelchair access, and disabled parking is available at the Sharman Road entrance.