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|Barnett Demesne and the River Lagan|
|Author: WalkNI, Published: 25 Sep 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This 1.5m route explores the historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park near Belfast, through meadows and woodland. Barnett Demesne is the home to tree and plant collections with semi-natural features such as woodland and wildflower meadows, many wild animals, including rabbits, badgers and grey and red squirrels, and birds such as jays, rooks and a range of songbirds. More than 70 species of wildflower grow in the meadows during the summer months. |
The park, which is named after William Barnett, the last owner of Malone House, is popular with walkers and joggers due to its proximity to the River Lagan, Shaw's Bridge and nearby Clement Wilson Park. It is home to an annual Spring Fair, which offers music, entertainment and wildlife displays each April. Park features include an arboretum, daffodil garden, eco-trail, orienteering routes and children's playground (near Shaw's Bridge). Refreshments are available in the Barnett Restaurant in nearby Malone House.
The park opens at 7.30am daily. Closing times vary according to the time of year. The route follows surfaced and unsurfaced paths which can be muddy after periods of wet weather. There are several climbs and descents throughout, including some steep hills. There are no stiles and only one kissing gate on the route. Part of the route follows the Lagan River so take care with children and dogs. Allow up to 1 hour.
The walk starts and finishes at the Malone House car park. The car park and entrance is signposted from the A55 Outer Ring Road, near the House of Sport roundabout. For public transport use Metro Services: 8A-8C (get off at Dub shops, follow Dub Lane). The nearest postcode is BT9 5PB.
|Start to Towpath|
Start point: 54.5527 lat, -5.9589 long
Start the walk from the Malone House car park. Follow the path round the front of the house and alongside the security fence.
|Towpath to Woodland|
Start point: 54.5518 lat, -5.954 long
Follow the towpath for some distance as it winds alongside the river.
|Woodland to End|
Start point: 54.5479 lat, -5.9642 long
At the next junction keep right and continue along the path. Take the next path that turns left uphill. Climb up the hill, past the edge of the open meadows on your right.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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