Beautiful rambles in a superb setting overlooking Belfast Lough.
Allow a whole morning or afternoon.
Distance:1.4 (One Way) miles
Point of interest:The Viaduct, Quarry Port, Geology, Grey Point Fort
OS map:Sheet 15
Terrain:Tarmac & gravel, few slopes
Route:The most accessible parts of the Park are the shore pathways along Crawfordsburn and Helen's bay beaches, where broad, tarmac paths make the going easy.
To the east - at Crawfordsburn Beach the ramble must stop at the rocky headland because only a sandy track leads on, (though suitable for able walkers, the going does become steeper)
To the west - at the end of Helen's Bay the ramble ends at he junction of the paths, the left one of which leads to a narrow public road.
This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility.
Facilities:Visitor Centre: permanent and seasonal exhibitions, free leaflets and nature books for purchase. Audio tapes and braille leaflets of park facilitites and exhibition.
Toilets for disabled; picnic tables; self service restaurant: open 10am -4.30pm from Easter to end of Sept.
Scooters for free use are available for people with limited mobility capable of riding them. Booking is advised.
Accessible toilet facilities:Yes
Accessible terrain:All surfaces are sound (tarmac and gravel) and should present no difficulty
Accessible signage:No - but audio tapes and braille leaflets of park facilities and exhibition are available.
Getting to the start by car:On the southern shore of Belfast Lough, about 12 miles from Belfast City Centre (via A2). Entrance is by way of Ballyrobert Road (B20) through the village of Crawfordsburn, after which a sharp left turn down Bridge Road South.
Getting to the start on foot:There are also other pedestrian routes into the Park (e.g. Helen's Bay). It is clearly sign posted (brown signs) from other directions.