|Address||Lagan Valley Regional Park
The Park Office
3 Lock Keeper’s Lane
Welcome to Lagan Valley Regional Park – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Lagan Valley Regional Park, covers 4200 acres and stretches 11 miles between the cities of Lisburn and Belfast. The River Lagan emerges from the headwaters of Slieve Croob in the peaks of Dromara, beyond the Mountains of Mourne, and flows through the Lagan Valley…
Welcome to Lagan Valley Regional Park – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Lagan Valley Regional Park, covers 4200 acres and stretches 11 miles between the cities of Lisburn and Belfast.
The River Lagan emerges from the headwaters of Slieve Croob in the peaks of Dromara, beyond the Mountains of Mourne, and flows through the Lagan Valley Regional Park. The river grows in its vastness and arrangement of tributaries as it sweeps and meanders down to Lisburn the Lagan Navigation and out to the Irish Sea.
The patchwork of valley landscapes from wet meadows, ponds and ditches to mixed beech woodland, parkland and pine plantation provides a network for wildlife and a passage to our past.
Step out onto the towpath and immerse yourself with the sounds of the ebb and flow of the river. An alarm call from a shy moorhen as it quietly stalks the riverbank reeds and twists of overhanging willow. The male and female mallard duck and crested grebe weave silently or land like water-skiers along the surface. The many willows, looming beeches and hawthorn hedgerows provide their own music as they creek in the wind during the winter months, laden heavy with lichens.
Breathe in the pine scents of Belvoir Forest, the musky aroma of ancient oaks and fields of Meadowsweet at Lagan Meadows in the spring. Gasp at the hugeness of Ballyskeagh High Bridge and uncover the long history at Shaw’s Bridge. Discover carpets of bluebells in Minnowburn, with whispered stories of faeries and folklore.
If you are feeling energetic there are many recreational activities to enjoy such as cycling, canoeing and walking or simply enjoy a picnic by the river or warm up with a hot drink at one of the few cafes. Pick a trail and explore the rose garden at Terrace Hill with superb views across the valley of the Belfast Hills, finishing the day as the sun casts a long shadow over the ancient stones of the Neolithic Giant’s Ring.
At Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre you can step aboard the restored Industry Lighter or let smells of the open fire at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage transport you back to another time. Come and discover it for yourself.
There is also something for everyone in our exciting events programme whether you are interested in wildlife or the Park’s rich history there are walks and talks and new places to discover. There is also a varied range of volunteer opportunities where you can learn new skills. If you would like to learn more about the Park and this fascinating Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty why don’t you call in to the Lagan Valley Regional Park office at 3 Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 7XT or telephone us on 02890 491922.
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