Belvoir Forest Park

Belvoir Forest Park

First opened in 1961, Belvoir Forest Park covers 75 hectares along the south bank of the River Lagan. The forest park is managed by Forest Service NI and is quite unique in the UK as it remains a working forest within a city.

The walking route within the forest explores this historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park for 2.3km through mixed woodland on gravel paths, with some steep hills. It links to the Lagan Towpath and the remainder of the Lagan Valley Regional Park.

There are a number of historic sites within the forest, including the Norman motte, which dates back to the 12th century. There is also ice house, medieval graveyard and arboretum.

The RSPB has its Headquarters in Belvoir Forest Park, and the surrounding forest is full of bird life and other wildlife including the red squirrel, one of the few places they can be seen relatively easily, although under pressure from the grey squirrel.



Tea and Coffee are available at the lock-keepers Cottage

Opening Hours

Open all year 



Admission free


No charge

Getting There

The A55 outer ring road passes close by to the Forest and directional signs are well placed for drivers travelling in either direction. From Belvoir Drive there is a tarmac entrance road leading to the Forest car park - open 24 hours Sunday to Saturday.

Walk Trails

Circular, 3.5 miles

Lagan Two Bridges Walk. A pleasant route along the Lagan Towpath.

Circular, 1 miles

Lagan Towpath - Shaws Bridge to Lock Keepers Cottage. A short circular walk along the edge of the River Lagan.

Circular, 1.2 miles

Clement Wilson Park. Along River Lagan.

Linear, 11 miles

Lagan Towpath. Scenic riverside walk along tarmac path.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 21 miles

Lagan and Lough Cycle Way. A 21 mile mostly traffic-free route connecting Jordanstown, Belfast and Lisburn..


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