Connswater Community Greenway
This linear walk follows the Connswater Community Greenway along the course of three rivers that splits into two different routes – Victoria Park along the Connswater River following the route along the Knock River to
Marsh-wiggle Way and Braniel, or Victoria Park along the Connswater River and following the Loop River up to Cregagh Glen. You’ll come across all sorts of wildlife and greenery to bring your walk to life.
Stop off at C.S. Lewis Square for some refreshments in EastSide Visitor Centre and explore the seven sculptures by Irish artist Maurice Harron inspired by the characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, before continuing your journey through Belfast’s own wildlife corridor.
Distance 5.8 miles
OS Map 15
Terrain Flat, wide, surfaced path
Nearest Town Belfast
Route Shape Linear
Grid Reference J36600 75000
Route Type Parkland & Grassland, Riverside, Urban
Start your walk at Victoria Park with a loop round the lake taking in the observation area and Sam Thompson Bridge. Leave via the underpass and follow the Greenway signposts. Walk up the boardwalk and across the James Ellis Bridge before you come to a pedestrian crossing at Mersey Street. Cross over and follow the pathway to C.S. Lewis Square with the option to stop and explore the seven sculptures by Irish artist Maurice Harron inspired by the characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Use the pedestrian crossing beside the EastSide Visitor Centre to continue the walk along the Connswater River to Flora Street. You’ll come across a play park and possibly spot some ducks in the river. Following this path, you’ll reach another pedestrian crossing at Elmgrove Primary School/Beersbridge Road. Once across the road, the Greenway leads to the Hollow, made famous by Van Morrison. You’ll see the Conn O’Neill bridge; one of the oldest bridges in Ireland.
The route across Hutchinson Bridge continues round a bend as you enter a cul-de-sac and into Dixon Playing Fields. There’s a signpost with a map detailing two options – Straight on to Orangefield Park and Marsh-wiggle Way until you reach Braniel or take the right fork to finish at Cregagh Glen.
To Cregagh Glen
Take the right fork walk along Orby Drive until arriving at Castlereagh Road. Crossing over at the pedestrian crossing enter the Boardwalk leading from Castlereagh Road to Ladas Way. Daddy Winker’s Play Park is situated on your right as you come to the end of the pathway. Walk through another residential area at Ladas Way (following the signposts) until you arrive at Grand Parade. Use the pedestrian crossing and continue the boardwalk over Veterans’ Bridge until you arrive at the British Legion building at the end. Taking a right, walk along Montgomery Road and then take a left onto the Cregagh Road. From here, walk to the top of the Cregagh Road, passing the Museum of Orange Heritage until you reach the Upper Knockbreda Road. Cross the road safely and you’ll arrive at Cregagh Glen.
Continuing straight along the path from the signpost, continue the walk past two more bridges; Shannon Bridge and Grace Bannister Bridge until you get to a set of traffic lights at Grand Parade. Once safely across the road enter Orangefield Park via the colourful gateway art entrance. Make your way through the park across either Avalon Bridge or Collier Bridge and follow the pathway. You might be lucky enough to spot some squirrels or foxes! Continue the path past Kingfisher Bridge and keep an eye out for the birds the bridge is named after. You might also spot a heron or egret in the Knock River which was moved from its original location as part of the £11million flood alleviation scheme. From here, continue this path passing the pond dipping area and walk up Marsh-wiggle Way, an uphill walk until you get to the end of the path at Braniel.
Cregagh Glen, Victoria Park, C.S. Lewis Square, George Best Homeplace
Sam Thompson Bridge entrance: Follow directions to Airport Road. Limited Parking.
Victoria Park entrance: Signposted from Holywood Road and Connsbrook Avenue, East Belfast. Car parking available in the park through the underpass. Limited parking.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on a lead.
Disable parking – Victoria Park
Disabled toilets – Victoria Park, EastSide Visitor Centre.
Wheelchair accessible café – EastSide Visitor Centre at C.S. Lewis Square
Wheelchair accessible shop – EastSide Visitor Centre at C.S. Lewis Square.
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:
– Disabled parking – At Victoria Park
– Café (wheelchair accessible) – At East Side Visitor Centre
– Disabled toilets – At Victoria Park
– Shop (wheelchair accessible) – At East Side Visitor Centre
- The path can be expected to be hard and firm with some loose stones (not bigger than 1cm) and will be at least 1.2m wide for its entire length.
- The path will not be steeper than 5 degrees or have a cross slope of greater than 5 degrees.
- There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be a max of 12mm in width.
- There will be a clear head height of at least 1m wide and 2.1 in height for the entire length of the route.
- There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 300m.