Clement Wilson Park
This route is through parkland in Lagan Valley Regional Park. It runs alongside the River Lagan and returns via the Lagan Towpath. It has been designed for use by disabled users. A section of the National Cycle Network Route 9 also runs through the park.
Distance 1.2 miles
OS Map Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain Surfaced tarmac paths
Nearest Town Shaws Bridge, Belfast
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J32500 69100
Route Type Parkland & Grassland, Riverside
Cross the old Shaw’s Bridge and descend the ramps on your left. Turn right at the bottom pass under the modern A55 road bridge and follow the towpath, firstly alongside the river and then by the disused canal. The canal can be crossed using the humpback bridge or the flat wooden bridge. Both lead to the front of the lock-keeper’s cottage. The Lock Keepers Inn has been open at this location since 2007 and provides lunches, teas, coffees etc. Turn left following the path to Newforge Lane via the wooden bridge over the River Lagan. This path is also part of the National Cycle Network route and is shared with bicycles.
There may be traffic on Newforge Lane. Follow the footpath for a short distance to reach Clement Wilson Park. The raised surfaced path is known locally as the Burma Road. This was a mill race which was filled in with rubble from bomb damaged buildings after WW2. It leads back to the car park, passing under the new road bridge beside Shaw’s Bridge.
Lockkeepers Cottage, Shaws Bridge, Lagan Canal
Car parking at Shaw’s Bridge – car park off the A55 Outer Ring.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Malone House: Cafe, Toilets and Information – opening hours apply
Lock Keepers Inn: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday-Friday 8.30 am-5.00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8.00 am-6.00 pm.
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:
– Café (wheelchair accessible) – (Lock Keepers Inn – open tues-fri 8.30am – 5pm, sat-sun 8am – 6pm, closed mon)
– Disabled toilets – (Lock Keepers Inn)
– Disabled parking – (Shaws Bridge)
- The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 5cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 1m wide for its entire length.
- The path will not be steeper than 6 degrees or have a cross slope of greater than 6 degrees.
- There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be between 12mm and 75mm in width.
- There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
- There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 1km.