Minnowburn and the Giant’s Ring Walks (overview)

Please do not do any of these walks in the present circumstances. Even if you are local to the walk and do not need to travel, many paths are too narrow to allow sufficient social distancing. Stay local on wide paths and roads you know. This is not a time for exploring!

See also Covid-19 – Stay at Home

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The green wedge of the Lagan Valley Regional Park divides the City of Belfast in the best possible way. It starts as a sliver beside the Lagan at Stranmillis and widens and twists its way out of the city.

These walks occupy the section of the park beyond the ringroad – where the concrete flyover gives way to the solid stone arches of the, now pedestrian, Shaw’s Bridge. Between here and the mysterious massive hilltop earthworks of the Giant’s Ring lie a wonderful mixture of riverside beech wood; former domains of Belfast’s rich set; and walker accessible farmland (a rare treat indeed). And throughout it all an excellent network of paths and bridges courtesy of the City Council and the National Trust.

This map a should give you a good overview of walking options in this area:

Detailed Walk Descriptions

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