Mill Race Trail
The Mill Race Trail is a site of importance in terms of its industrial heritage and wildlife value. Follow the way markers and information panels as they tell the story of the Six Mile Water. There is no entrance fee and leaflets on the Trail are available from Antrim Information Centre.
Distance 1.7 miles
OS Map 14
Terrain Off road paths
Nearest Town Antrim town
Route Shape Linear
Grid Reference J149863
Route Type Riverside, Urban, Woodland
Starting at Riverside, where the road forks, follow the gravelled left fork uphill onto the Trail passing a green metal fingerpost. Then, follow the path under the Belmont Road and old railway viaduct before reaching the Salmon Leap Bridge. After the site of the former Boghill Mill and village, the walk passes by some beautiful woodland, past the remains of the Moylinny Bank Mill and Waterwheel, finishing at Shakey Bridge. You can then exit the trail at the Oldstone Road or retrace your steps back to Antrim Town Centre.
Look out for kingfishers, otters and various bats
The Trail can be accessed from Antrim Town Centre. From High Street in Antrim town centre, turn right into Riverside. Alternatively, you can park your car at Kirby’s Lane then walk in either direction.
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Information panels, picnic tables, and bike stands are available along the walk.
- 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° or have a cross slope of greater than 6°.
- 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.
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Mill Race Trail
This is a nice walk from the town along to Shakey Bridge and back.
It is an easy walk and suitable for all abilities.
There are plenty of signs describing the route and the industrial heritage.
Dog fouling and litter has been rare on our visits over the last three months and this seems to be an improvement since the last review.
A lot of different birds can be seen along the route, for example, Grey Herons, Mallards and Grey Wagtails.
Nice walk by the edge of the six mile water with good paths if somewhat narrow in places.Agree with other posting citing dog mess as a problem.I have a dog and clean up after her so why can’t others?