Wild trails at Minnowburn, Belfast

A child watching a runner at Minnowburn, Co Down, Northern Ireland

‘Minnowburn is a very popular area for walkers and runners. It’s part of the Lagan Valley Regional Park. You can walk there along the towpath from the city.' - Craig Somerville, Belfast area warden

Look out for the rose garden, the magnificent Minnowburn Beeches and Shaw’s Bridge, an ancient crossing that dates back to the Neolithic period. If you follow the Giant’s Ring trail you will see this massive earthwork circle, built around 2700BC.
Craig recommends another area close to Belfast: ‘The Divis are wilder than Minnowburn, so if you’re more into heaths and moorland this is the place for you.’