Riverside trail at Minnowburn

Walking trail

The route starts in Minnowburn, but takes in the banks of the River Lagan, into the heart of the Lagan Valley Regional Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This area is at the centre of Belfast's history, both as a settlement and as a centre of industry when Belfast was one of the foremost industrial cities in the world.

The Riverside Trail at Minnowburn



Minnowburn Car Park, grid ref: NW445242


From the car park take one of the paths down to the Lagan riverside and follow the path upstream. The path will take you past Edenderry Nature Reserve and the old Edenderry House estate, almost to the village itself.


From the brown wooden Gilchrist Bridge the village can be reached by continuing past the bridge and taking the path off to the left. Otherwise cross the bridge and follow the tarmac Lagan towpath back downstream.

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Follow the towpath past Barnett Demesne on your left, up to Shaw's Bridge, past the boathouse and through the gate into the car park.


From the Shaw's Bridge car park follow the path under the new road bridge and then the path to the right which runs through an avenue of trees parallel to the river.

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Follow this path through Clement Wilson Park until it reaches New Forge Lane. Turn right and follow the road past the car park on your right to the bridge back over the river. Continue along the path to the Lock Keeper's Cottage and Inn.

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At the cottage and just after the lock, cross the stone bridge over the canal and follow the path back to Shaw's Bridge.


Passing under the new and old bridges, follow the riverside path past the three meadows back to Minnowburn Bridge. Cross the bridge back to the car park.


Minnowburn Car Park, grid ref: NW445242

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Riverside trail at Minnowburn


Flat gravel and tarmac paths with few shallow gradients.

Riverside trail at Minnowburn

Contact us

Telephone: 02890 647787

Email: minnowburn@nationaltrust.org.uk

Riverside trail at Minnowburn

How to get here

Minnowburn Car Park, Ballylesson Road, Belfast BT8
By road

We're just off the A55 ring road from Belfast to Newcastle, in South Belfast. At Shaw's Bridge, follow the brown signs down the Ballylesson Road to Minnowburn car park.

By foot
Our paths link to the Ulster Way at Shaw's Bridge and also connect to the Lagan Towpath which runs between Belfast and Lisburn. Look out for the National Trust signs.
By bus

From the Europa Buscentre in the centre of Belfast, take either routes 13D or 513 and stop at Shaw's bridge.

By bicycle

Our property links to National Cycle Network Route 9 at Shaw’s Bridge.

Riverside trail at Minnowburn

Facilities and access

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