Clandeboye Way – Helen’s Bay to Whitespots Country Park

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The Clandeboye Way is a great off road walk through a variety of landscapes with lots to see along the way. Of historical interest is Helen’s Tower and the old Leadmines at Whitespots Country Park. The path leads through old laneways, some farm tracks and woodland paths.

Please note – this walk involves crossing the main Bangor to Belfast dual carriageway.

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Clandeboye Way – Helen’s Bay to Whitespots Country Park

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  • Gorgeous walk. Beautiful scenery. Not too many inclines for sixty somethings BUT, the signage has got to be sorted! We would be wandering around there still if we hadn’t met other people who kindly told us what path to take. We have done this walk from the Crawfordsburn end and couldn’t find any directions halfway. We turned back. Then we tried from the Whitespots end to see if we could work out the connection in the middle. Honestly! Get this sorted Walkni! It’s been in this state for a very long time judging by the attempts by some kind walkers to draw arrows on fences and trees.

    Jackie at 1:02 pm
  • Great walk. But, as with most country walks in Norn Iron, there are no signs anywhere. I see it received EU funding but more of the euros should have been spent in adding gravel to the couple of boggy parts of the path.

    Baz at 1:24 pm
  • A delightful walk. An occasional waymark would have helped. We actually had no difficulty finding our way from Helen’s Bay to Helen’s Tower, but failed to find the way on to White spots / Somme.

    Ian Hart at 11:27 am
  • County Down

    Distance 6.5 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15

    Terrain Laneways, tracks, woodland paths

    Nearest Town Helens Bay near Crawfordsburn

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J458828

    Route Type Woodland

    Route Description

    The walk starts from Helen’s Bay Railway Station. Take the underpass beneath the railway line to Clandeboye Avenue. Turn left onto this old laneway. Keep walking until you come across a gate leading onto a metalled path.

    Continue along this for approximately a mile until passing under another bridge at Ballyrobert Road. After this bridge you will reach the main Belfast to Bangor dual carriageway.

    Cross the dual carriage way and turn left, walk for a few metres and look for a small path on your right – this leads back onto Clandebye Avenue.

    After approximately 1 mile the path leaves the Avenue and continues along a farm lane to Ballysallagh Road.

    From here the path circles round Blackwood Golf Course eventually exiting on the Crawfordsburn Road near Ballyleidy Sawmill.

    Turn right and cross the road. At the corner re enter Clandeboye Estate to your left at the back of the Sawmill. This leads uphill to Helen’s Tower for scenic views of the Co Down landscape on a good day.

    From here the walk continues for another 10-15 minutes to an old metal stile. This leads into Whitespots Country Park. Continuing through the park past the leadmines will eventually lead to the Somme Heritage Centre and a large car park. This is the end of the walk.

    From here either retrace you steps back to Helen’s Bay or catch a bus on the main Bangor to Newtownards Road.

    Point of Interest

    Clandeboye Estate, Helens Tower, Leadmines

    Getting to the start

    The walk starts from the car park at Helen’s Bay Railway Station. Take the underpass beneath the railway line to start in Clandeboye Avenue.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Dogs must be kept under close control


    There is a car park at the start and finish although parking is limited at the railway station in Helens Bay. Toilets and refreshements can only be found at the start and finish of the walk in Helen’s Bay and in the Somme Heritage Centre (beside Whitespots Country Park). The Somme Centre has limited opening hours so it is worth phoning beforehand – 028 9182 3202. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Disabled toilets – At Helen’s Bay Car Park – Disabled parking.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.