Walking

Walking

Minnowburn Giant's Ring trail

Walking

A green oasis in the heart of the city of Belfast, Minnowburn is full of beautiful trails verging the Lagan or heading through woodland and farmland.

An easy walk through meadows and rolling woodlands

Minnowburn lies in the Lagan Valley Regional Park and is a great place to walk through fields alive with the sounds and smells of nature, or stroll along the banks of the Lagan and Minnowburn. You may spot spawning salmon or sea trout.

The Giant's Ring path, Minnowburn

Map

Map route for Minnowburn Giant's Ring trail

Start:

Minnowburn car park, OSNI grid ref: J327685

1

From the car park, follow the Lagan riverbank path upstream. After about 656 feet (200m), take the first path you come to on the left-hand side.

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2

Follow this path, cross the Edenderry Road and continue on with the mature woodland on your left. You'll enter young, broadleaved woodland. Carry on until you reach the Ballynahatty Road. Cross the road and take the path opposite.

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3

Follow the path which has fields on either side for about half a mile (1 kilometre), until you reach the Giant's Ring. After exploring the Ring, make your way out through the gate at the opposite side from which you arrived. Pass through the car park and carry on down the avenue until you reach the road.

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4

Cross the road, taking care to watch out for traffic, and climb over the stile opposite. You're now in the Sandpit Field, a marvellous natural amphitheatre that was carved by retreating glaciers during the last Ice Age. Follow the track around the top of the big pit until you come to a stile beside a road.

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5

Climb over the stile and cross the road. Go through the pedestrian gate opposite, follow the path through a second gate and continue on the old tarmac path up Terrace Hill. This path used to be the main avenue to Terrace Hill house, in spring the bank on the left is filled with daffodils and bluebells. Carry on until you reach the garden. Once you've explored this magical place go back the way you came and take the path on the left, leading downhill through a young woodland.

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6

Follow the path until you reach the Minnowburn river; here you'll walk along the banks of the river downstream until you reach Minnowburn Bridge and the car park beyond.

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End:

Minnowburn car park, OSNI grid ref: J327685

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Minnowburn Giant's Ring trail

Terrain

The route includes uneven surfaces, steps and paths composed of dirt, gravel, wooden boardwalk and some paved surfaces. Some areas can be slippery when wet. The walk crosses agricultural land and you may encounter grazing animals.

Dogs welcome, but please keep under control when walking through the Sandpit Field, due to cattle grazing nearby.

Minnowburn Giant's Ring trail

Contact us

Minnowburn Giant's Ring trail

How to get here

Address
Minnowburn Warden's Office, Ballynahatty Road, Belfast, BT8 8LE
By road

Minnowburn is just off the A55 outer ring. From the city centre take the Malone road. The property and car park are signposted from Shaw's Bridge.

By foot

From the city centre, take the Lagan towpath from Stramillis, cross the river at Shaw's Bridge, then take the path that runs underneath it. Cycle up river until you reach Minnowburn Bridge. Cross the bridge and you'll find the trail starting point, Minnowburn car park on your right hand side.

By bus

From the Europa Buscentre take Ulsterbus 13D, 13H or 313. Alight Shaw's Bridge and follow the  directions for cycling from there.

By bicycle

From the city centre, take the Lagan towpath from Stramillis, cross the river at Shaw's Bridge, then take the path that runs underneath it. Cycle up river until you reach Minnowburn Bridge. Cross the bridge and you'll find the trail starting point, Minnowburn car park on your right hand side. Part of the journey is on route 9 of the National Cycle Network.

Minnowburn Giant's Ring trail

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome, but please keep under control when walking through the Sandpit Field, due to cattle grazing nearby