Serenity at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast

On a dry, autumnal Sunday afternoon I decided to take a walk around Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast. I hadn’t been here in quite a few years since I was a child. 

For those not in the know, Shaw’s Bridge is a historic bridge just outside the city centre. Arched over the River Lagan the area is on the popular Lagan Towpath.

Originally an oak bridge built in 1655 by Captain Shaw (hence the name) which allowed Oliver Cromwell’s gunner to cross the River Lagan.

Rebuilt in 1709, it is thought that stones taken from a nearby fort ruin were used during construction.

Aside from riverside walks, the area is also popular for kayaking.

With such a popular walking spot, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the area wouldn’t provide much tranquillity. You would be wrong though.

I did come into contact with a few walkers but I was also able to step away and snap these beautiful pictures.

Nearby, Barnetts Demense is also reachable via Shaw’s Bridge which is home to an arboretum, and woodland and wildflower meadows.

Furthermore, bike trails and a jump park were installed for mountain bikers as part of the redevelopment in the area.

A popular wedding venue in the area is Malone House with its stunning views across the city, and its beautiful garden areas.

I highly recommend a visit if you happen to be in or around Belfast. You’ll completely forget that you are just minutes from the city!

Let me know your favourite spots for a nice Sunday afternoon walk. Hit me up in the comments.

Until next time…

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