Walking

Walking trail

Terrace Hill trail at Minnowburn

Walking trail

A dander up Terrace Hill from the river takes you round our pond, through woodland to a low walled garden with a view over the Lagan valley to the hills beyond. Don't miss the wooden sculptures dotted along the path.

Sculpture in Terrace Hill garden, Minnowburn

Map

Route map for the Minnowburn sculpture trail

Start:

Minnowburn car park, OSNI grid ref: J327685

1

From the car park, follow the path from beside Minnowburn bridge upstream, along the bank of the Minnowburn itself, with young broadleaved woodland on your right.

2

After about 109 yards (100 metres), you'll come to a fork in the path with an engraved log sign. Take the left hand fork to the pond and around it, where you'll see the first of the sculptures.

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3

Once you've completed the loop around the pond, go back to the fork in the path and take the left fork uphill. The path passes through younger woodland and climbs uphill to Terrace Hill Garden, with great views of the Lagan Valley along the way. Find more sculptures and enjoy the surroundings of the 1930s walled garden.

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4

From the garden, take the steps from the west end of the garden up into the trees towards Terrace Hill House and follow the short path to Freddy's steps. Descend the steps and halfway down, take the path to the right, through the beech woodland where you will find the last of the sculptures.

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5

At the end of the path, climb a couple of steps onto the Giant's Ring path. Turn right and follow this path to the Edenderry Road. Cross the road and take the path opposite down to the Lagan river. At the river, turn right and follow the river bank path with the carr (wet) woodland on your right, back to the car park.

End:

Minnowburn car park, OSNI grid ref: J327685

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Terrace Hill trail at Minnowburn

Terrain

The walk is mainly gravel paths and uneven surfaces, with a hill to climb and steps from Terrace Hill Garden.

Terrace Hill trail at Minnowburn

Contact us

Terrace Hill trail at Minnowburn

How to get here

Address
Minnowburn Car Park, Edenderry Road, Belfast BT8 8LD
By road

From the A55 Malone/Milltown Road, in south Belfast, at Shaw's Bridge, turn off onto the Ballylesson Road, following the brown signs to the car park.

From Lisburn, on the B23 Hillhall/Ballylesson Road, take the first left fork signposted 'Giant's Ring', then straight on, turning left onto the Edenderry Road after about 1 mile, following the brown signs to the car park.

By foot

From Shaw's Bridge or the Lagan towpath, cross over to the south side of the river and look for the National Trust signs. Follow the riverside path over the bridge to the car park.

By bus

From the Europa Buscentre in the centre of Belfast, take either routes 13D or 513 and stop on the Malone/Milltown Road near Shaw's Bridge and follow the walking directions from there.

By bicycle

From National Cycle Network Route 9, cross over to the south side of the river at Shaw's Bridge or the Gilchrist Bridge and look for the National Trust signs and continue on the riverside path to the car park.

Terrace Hill trail at Minnowburn

Facilities and access

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