Quality Walk

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.




1 miles

OS Map


Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Flat, tarmaced paths.

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Shaws bridge, Lock Keepers Cottage, Lock gates

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lagan Valley

Route Description

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.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From the House of Sport roundabout, take the exit towards the Outer Ring, Shaws Bridge car park is 300 m down this road on the right.


Dogs are allowed. Keep dogs on a lead.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3

Accessible Facilities

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)


Car park at Shaws Bridge.
Refreshments and toilets available half way along the route at the Lock Keepers Inn.


A Walk in the Park

Publication Availability

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199

Walk Location
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