Barnett Demesne

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This route explores an historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park, taking in Malone House, meadows, woodland and along the River Lagan.

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Barnett Demesne



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    County Antrim

    Distance 1.6 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15 & Belfast Street Finder

    Terrain Surfaced and unsurfaced paths

    Nearest Town Malone Road, Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J321690

    Route Type Parkland & Grassland

    Route Description

    From the Malone House car park, follow the path round the front of the house and alongside the security fence.

    Follow this path downhill pausing on the way to admire the views over the Lagan Valley, across to Minnowburn Beeches and the wildflower meadows on your right. At the bottom of the hill turn right along the towpath, taking time to admire the old Shaw’s Bridge.

    Follow the towpath for a distance as it winds alongside the river. When you reach a green, disused kissing gate, pass through, then turn right through a gap in the vegetation back into the woodland of Barnett Demesne. This section can be muddy during wetter times of the year and if the River Lagan has recently been in flood. 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. At the top of the hill turn right which leads you past the yew walk. After a short distance take the next path left, which leads you back to Malone House car park.

    Point of Interest

    Malone House, meadows, Lagan towpath, Arboretum

    Getting to the start

    Car park and entrance signposted from the A55 Outer Ring Road, near the House of Sport roundabout.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Facilities

    Malone House – cafe, toilets and information. Opening hours apply. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – 9am – 5pm Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm Sun – Disabled toilets – Disabled parking.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6°.
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.