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|Author: WalkNI, Published: 23 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 1.5 mile circular route exploring the two ponds that make up the Waterworks, one of Belfast’s many public parks. Vibrant and buzzing with locals, the Waterworks is a popular spot for walkers, families and runners alike thanks to its stunning bird-life (you’ll not miss the eye-catching collection of swans, a sight to behold so close to the city centre!). You will be able to enjoy water lilies in summer, excellent views of Cave Hill and Belfast, and great-crested grebes in winter time. |
The two ponds were constructed in the 1840s by engineer William Dargan to provide water for Belfast. The ponds were fed (and still are) by the Milewater Stream from Carr’s Glen. The reservoirs, however, only served as a water supply for about twenty years. After that the site, then owned by the Water Commissioners, was used for recreation.
The park opens at 07:30 and closes between 16:30 and 17:00. The route follows surfaced paths, which include a few steps and some hills. There are no stiles or kissing gates on the route. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the park. Please note there is a lot of wildlife in park and therefore dogs should be kept on a lead. Allow up to 45 minutes.
The Waterworks in situated to the north of Belfast. The walk begins at the Queen Mary’s Gardens entrance on the corner of the Cavehill Road and the Antrim Road. If you are travelling by bus the park can be reached by Metro Services: 1A-H, 61 Cavehill Road. There is no parking in the park but parking can be found in the surrounding streets. Nearest postcode is BT15 5BG.
|Start to Bridge|
Start point: 54.6195 lat, -5.94 long
Enter the park via Queen Mary’s Gardens entrance on the corner of Cavehill Road and Antrim Road. At the round flowerbed, keep to your left alongside the stream and over the bridge.
|Bridge to End|
Start point: 54.6245 lat, -5.9437 long
After crossing the bridge you will come to a T-junction, turn right and continue with the pond on your right and Cavehill Road over to your left. After circling the upper pond, a path off to the left returns you to the lower level.
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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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