Broad Water

Broad Water

The Broad Water is a 3 mile (4.8km) towpath walk between Moira Railway Station and Aghalee and takes you along the route of the original Lagan Canal through Soldierstown.

Since the canal was officially abandoned in 1954 the banks have become overgrown and an array of colour is provided by a variety of trees, shrubs and wild flowers.

Moira is unique as being the only town in Ireland to straddle two counties, County Down and County Armagh. The Broad Water is a man made feature, built in a natural valley in order to retain a sufficient head of water to accommodate the navigation.

Take a seat and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, set against the background of mature woodland.


Accessible parking

Opening Hours

Open all year round



Free admission


Free parking

Getting There

A pedestrian entrance to the Broad Water is available from the car of Moira Railway Station, Station Rd, Moira. A car park, picnic tables and link to the towpath are located at Soldierstown Car Park on the Soldierstown Road approximately midway between the villages of Moira and Aghalee . In addition the route can also be accessed in Aghalee Village from Soldierstown Road.

Walk Trails

Linear, 3 miles

Broad Water. Flat towpath.

Cycling Routes

Linear, 4 miles

Broad Water. Part of the former Lagan Canal towpath linking the villages of Moira and Aghalee.


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