Outside of the hustle and bustle of Belfast city centre, there are gorgeous walks and places to visit. These 5 places are perfect to visit and brighten up your day.
Just on the outskirts of Belfast, Hazelbank Park is off the Shore road in Newtonabbey. There is free parking which also has disabled parking and accessibility to the pathway along the coast. This is a peaceful walk which allows fantastic views to Belfast, Carrickfergus and County Down. This path is on the flat and has picnic benches that can be used in the good weather- something for everybody to enjoy.
Helen’s Bay beach is a 20 minute drive from Belfast city centre, located in Crawfordsburn Country Park. This mindful walk has plenty of benches which you can sit and reflect or watch people run into the ice cold water! The walk goes right to Bangor, however, you can go as far as you wish, with plenty of views along the way. There are two food vans which you can get a coffee and an ice cream- depending on the weather. It is well known that our famous golfer Rory McIlroy lives around this area, so you might be lucky to meet a celebrity!
The Lagan takes you on a walk along the rive and canal system and is home to numerous wildlife along the way. The journey is 11 miles in total and starts in Stranmillis, ending in Lisburn, however, you can tailor the walk to your fitness and mobility level.
At the start of the walk, toilet and café facilities can be found at the Lock Keepers Cottage and Malones House at Shaw’s Bridge. Toilet and cafe facilities are also available in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. At the end of the walk, restaurant and toilet facilities are at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn.
Close to Belfast, visit the largest lake in the British Isles and immerse yourself in the heritage, history and culture of Northern Ireland. Lough Neagh is a freshwater lake which offers a tranquil atmosphere, unspoilt scenery, secluded bays and skyward views. Take a stroll around the idyllic lake and take in the peaceful nature of the water.
At the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, there are disabled parking spaces and accessible toilet facilities available. There is also a cafe which you can grab a coffee or some lunch after your walk.
Only a 30 minute drive from Belfast, Bangor Marina is a perfect place for a walk by the sea. This largest marina in Northern Ireland has numerous restaurants, cafes and shops, with something for everyone. It provides the perfect combination of beautiful views and plenty of history. Bangor Marina has disabled parking and accessible toilet facilities.