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The surfaced path forms a circular route around the park and can be enjoyed from any of the entrances.

Starting from Queen Mary's Gardens entrance, on corner of Cavehill Road and Antrim Road.

Keeping the lower pond on your right hand side take the path around the pond to where it meets the tree lined avenue. Turn right, pausing to enjoy the birdlife and views of Cave Hill.

At the junction with the upper pond take left turn. Continue along this path. You will pass the islands which are home to a variety of wildlife. Continue along this path and soon you will pass a small playground. At the bridge turn right and this will bring you back to the start point. There are some slight hills.

Public roads: Off Public Road

Getting to the start:

By Bike: Park can be accessed from Cavehill Road, Westland Road, Cliftonville Road or Antrim Road.

By By Bus: Metro Serives 1 A-H, 61 Cavehill Road

By Car: Main pedestrain access from Cavehill and Antrim roads, on-street parking available.

Traffic: Traffic free route


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.


1.4 miles


Surfaced paths with slight hills

Point of interest

Excellent views of Cave HIll and Belfast

Birdlife on the ponds


Retail units locally on Antrim Road


A Walk In The Park, Belfast City Council

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Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 028 90320202


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