Quality Walk

Barnett Demesne

This route explores an historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park, taking in Malone House, meadows, woodland and along the River Lagan.




1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15 & Belfast Street Finder

Nearest Town

Malone Road, Belfast

Route Shape


Route Type

Parkland & Grassland


Surfaced and unsurfaced paths

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Malone House, meadows, Lagan towpath, Arboretum

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lagan Valley

Route Description

From the Malone House car park, follow the path round the front of the house and alongside the security fence.

Follow this path downhill pausing on the way to admire the views over the Lagan Valley, across to Minnowburn Beeches and the wildflower meadows on your right. At the bottom of the hill turn right along the towpath, taking time to admire the old Shaw’s Bridge.

Follow the towpath for a distance as it winds alongside the river. When you reach a green, disused kissing gate, pass through, then turn right through a gap in the vegetation back into the woodland of Barnett Demesne. This section can be muddy during wetter times of the year and if the River Lagan has recently been in flood. At the next junction keep right and continue along the path. Take the next path that turns left uphill.

Climb up the hill, past the edge of the open meadows on your right. At the top of the hill turn right which leads you past the yew walk. After a short distance take the next path left, which leads you back to Malone House car park.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Car park and entrance signposted from the A55 Outer Ring Road, near the House of Sport roundabout.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - 9am - 5pm Mon - Sat, 11am - 5pm Sun
Disabled toilets
Disabled parking


Malone House - cafe, toilets and information. Opening hours apply.


A Walk in the Park and Barnett Demesne leaflet.

Publication Availability

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 02890320202 Ext. 3199. Alternatively download the Barnett Demesne leaflet on this webpage.

Walk Location
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