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Lagan Towpath - Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage

A short circular walk along the edge of the River Lagan along tarmac paths. Features of interest along the route include Shaws bridge, the Lock Keepers Cottage and the newly reinstated lock gates.


From Shaws bridge car park follow the path that leads along the river, on the left hand side of the bridge. At the first path junction, take a right to continue following the river. Follow this path along the edge of the river. When this path ends, follow the footpath round to the right, passing the car park at the end of Newforge Lane. Continue across the wooden bridge and follow the path for 500 m until you reach the Lock Keepers Cottage. Cross the bridge to the other side of the newly installed lock gates and follow the path to the right. This path will lead you back to Shaws Bridge. Ascend the ramp immediately before Shaws Bridge and cross the bridge back to the car park.


1 miles


Flat, tarmaced paths.

Point of interest

Shaws bridge, Lock Keepers Cottage, Lock gates


Car park at Shaws Bridge.

Refreshments and toilets available half way along the route at the Lock Keepers Inn.


A Walk in the Park

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Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199


  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Lagan Towpath - Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage

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