Crawfordsburn Country Park, Coastal Walk

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This walk ambles through a hay meadow, which is full of wild flowers in the summer months. The route then leads along sandy beaches, including Crawfordsburn Beach and Helen’s Bay.

Grey Point Fort is a restored coastal battery.

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  • The beach itself is lovely and walk lovely but has a bad problem with out of control dogs. First time at Crawfords burn beach with my 2 year old and 3 different large dogs ruined his time there. We had bought him an icecream from the icecream van there. He hadn’t long had it and was walking along when a large dog run up to him and took it out of his hand at which he was crying. The owner was apologetic though. Then down at the beach paddling in the water another large dog run up to his buggie and tried to run off with his favourite toy that he takes everywhere with him and he was devastated. We got the toy back and again the owner did apologise. Then again while walking along the sand yet again another large dog run up to us scaring my 2 year old, almost knocking him over and then jumped up on me trying to take a shell out of my hand and I screamed for the owner who was a good bit away from his dog and up from the beach on the path. Shockingly, the owner did not see a problem. It ruined our wee family day out with our 2 year old at an otherwise beautiful place. ☹

    Jacqui Wright at 1:04 am
  • County Down

    Distance 1.4 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15

    Terrain Gravel and tarmac paths.

    Nearest Town Crawfordsburn

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference J467822

    Route Type Beach, Coastal

    Route Description

    Leave the Visitor’s Centre at Crawfordsburn Country Park, follow the waymarked trail north through the hay meadow, and onto the coastal path. The walk then heads west, along the fine sandy beaches at Helen’s Bay, past the wartime fort at Grey Point, and finishing at Sea Park.

    This walk is also suitable for people with limited mobility, please see Disabled Ramblers NI link below.

    Point of Interest

    Grey Point Coastal Battery; hay meadow and sandy beaches.

    Getting to the start

    Follow the A2 from Belfast to Bangor, Crawfordsburn Country Park is signposted from the Junction at Ballyrobert.

    Public transport

    Translink –

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are to be on a lead on the coastal walk.


    Visitor Centre: permanent and seasonal exhibitions, free leaflets and nature books. Toilets for disabled; picnic tables; self service restaurant: open 10am -4.30pm through the year. Scooters for free use are available for people with limited mobility capable of riding them. Booking is advised. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Visitors Centre – Disabled toilets – Disabled parking – Mobility vehicle available.

    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.