This route explores an historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park, taking in Malone House, meadows, woodland and along the River Lagan.





Nearest Town

Malone Road, Belfast

Route Shape


Route Type

Parkland & Grassland


Surfaced and unsurfaced paths

Point of Interest

Malone House, meadows, Lagan towpath, Arboretum

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lagan Valley

Route Description

From the Malone House car park, follow the path round the front of the house and alongside the security fence.

Follow this path downhill pausing on the way to admire the views over the Lagan Valley, across to Minnowburn Beeches and the wildflower meadows on your right. At the bottom of the hill turn right along the towpath, taking time to admire the old Shaw’s Bridge.

Follow the towpath for a distance as it winds alongside the river. When you reach a green, disused kissing gate, pass through, then turn right through a gap in the vegetation back into the woodland of Barnett Demesne. This section can be muddy during wetter times of the year and if the River Lagan has recently been in flood.

Getting to the Start

Car park and entrance signposted from the A55 Outer Ring Road, near the House of Sport roundabout. Metro Services: 8A-8C (get off at Dub shops, follow Dub Lane).

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

Malone House – cafe, toilets and information. Opening hours apply.
Café (wheelchair accessible) – 9am – 5pm Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm Sun
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking