Minnowburn and the Giant’s Ring Walks (overview)

Some of the walks described in “Grand Day Out”  may be appropriate for you as daily local exercise. Please use the maps and modify the routes to avoid hot-spots or places where the paths are too narrow. Turn back if unsure, practice social distancing and step off paths if they are narrow when passing others.

Do not over-stretch yourself physically or explore beyond your comfort zone.

See also: Covid-19 – Stay Local – Stay Careful

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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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