Shaw’s Bridge Circular Walk

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3.7 km
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97 m
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The Shaw’s Bridge Circular Walk is a lovely adventure near Belfast that will allow you to explore some tranquil forests and scenic riverside areas. While out walking the trail, you will traverse some beautiful forest terrain along the banks of the River Lagan, following along the water’s edge before looping around through a mixture of tree cover and open fields. Walkers should keep in mind that this is a multi-use route that is frequented by mountain bikers, so keep an eye out and remember to respectfully share the path.

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Route Description for Shaw’s Bridge Circular Walk

If you are looking for a fantastic woodland adventure without straying too far from Belfast, then you will definitely want to explore the trails along the Shaw’s Bridge Circular Walk that is located along the southwestern edge of the city.

Setting out from the car park, you will make your way to the southeast and enter into the dense cover of the forest, following along the path as it skirts the edge of Mary Peters Track to reach the River Lagan. After taking in the views of the flowing river, you will continue through the forest to the northeast, climbing slightly uphill before turning to the southeast to once again meet up with the river.

Here, you will follow the banks to the east for a while, where you will eventually receive some nice views of Shaw’s Bridge. Continue following the trail as it bends to the west, cutting across open fields and intermittent swathes of woodland terrain on the return to the car park where you began your adventure.

Getting to the Shaw’s Bridge Circular Walk Trailhead

The trailhead for the Shaw’s Bridge Circular Walk can be found at the Barnett Demesne Trails and Jumps Park, just off Old Coach Lane.

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