The Lagan River
The lagan river is the major river in Belfast.It has its origins in the beautiful Slieve Croob Mountain in County Down, about 65kms south of Belfast.
As the river travels towards Belfast, it turns eastwards for a while and actually passes through the fields of the lagan valley in Moira (where I live), before continuing towards Lisburn and then to Belfast and into the sea at Belfast Lough.
A section of the towpath from Lisburn to Belfast is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. So if you are looking for an escape to nature from the city centre simply follow any of the well signposted routes along the riverside.A good place to begin a walk is from Clement Wilson Park (map below) off the Malone Road and you have the choice of either walking along the towpath towards Lisburn or either towards Belfast.
See the map here:
Amongst the wildlife that can be seen are Otters, Kingfishers and if you are very lucky an occassional JayBird