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|Belvoir Forest and the River Lagan|
|Author: WalkNI, Published: 27 Oct 2016||Walk Rating:|
|This 1.5 mile circular route explores Belvoir Forest near Belfast including a stretch along the south bank of the River Lagan. There are a number of historic sites to be found within the forest including a Norman Motte and a medieval graveyard.
Belvoir Park Forest was opened in 1961 and covers 74.8 hectares (179.5 acres) along the south bank of the River Lagan. It is a microcosm of forestry in Northern Ireland, a varied forest environment together with physical evidence of land use down through the ages. There is also a chance of seeing red squirrels, especially at the feeding station near the car park.
The park is open 24 hours a day. The route follows gravelled and some 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 or kissing gates on the route. Part of the route follows the River Lagan so take care with children and dogs. Giant Hogweed or Cartwheel flower is quite common in Belvoir, if the plant is handled it can cause a very nasty skin rash. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the park. Allow up to 1 hour.
The walk starts and finishes at the Belvoir Forest car park. The A55 outer ring road passes close by to the forest and directional signs are well placed for drivers travelling in either direction. From Belvoir Drive there is a tarmac entrance road leading to the Forest car park. The nearest postcode is BT8 7QT
|Start to Scots Pine Forest|
Start point: 54.558 lat, -5.9283 long
Before you begin the walk, pause to admire the views from the main car park. Follow the main path downhill from the viewpoint. In the early 1700s the Hill family settled at Belvoir, enclosed the estate and built a large house that stood on the site of the present car park.
|Scots Pine Forest to Medieval Graveyard|
Start point: 54.5627 lat, -5.9319 long
Further along, the path runs adjacent to Belvoir golf course; soon you will see a low wall around a medieval graveyard on your left.
|Medieval Graveyard to End|
Start point: 54.5588 lat, -5.9239 long
From here take the path downhill, turning right through the arboretum.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author NIWalks and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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Uploaded: 15 Oct 2016
The entrance to Belvoir Forest.
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