Cregagh Glen – Short Walk
Friday 10th May 2019
LEADER: Robert McDowell, Telephone No 028 93373084 (land line)
07711 706022 (mobile)
WALK DURATION: – 3 miles/c 2 hours plus breaks.
MEETING POINT/TIME: front door of the Museum of Orange Heritage, Schomberg House, 368 Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 9EY at 10.15 am
Train – Dep Whitehead 9.15 am, dep Carrickfergus 9.24 am, arr Lanyon Place 9.51 am.
Bus – bus no 6A dep Lanyon Place (opposite railway station) at 10.02 am. Arr Museum of Orange Heritage at 10.15 am (last stop on Cregagh Road before Knock Dual Carriageway/outer ring A55). The bus stop is known as the Museum of Orange Heritage stop.
Bus – Bus no 6A dep bus stop opposite Museum of Orange Heritage at 1.31 pm, arr Lanyon Place Railway Station at 1.45 pm. Bus departs thereafter every 10 minutes.
Train – Dep Lanyon Place at 1.55 pm, arr Carrickfergus at 2.20 pm, arr Whitehead at 2.31 pm OR
Dep Lanyon Place at 2.25 pm, arr Carrickfergus at 2.50 pm, arr Whitehead at 3.00 pm (terminus)
The Museum of Orange Heritage is c5 miles from Belfast City Centre.
Take M5/M2 Motorway south towards Belfast. Stay on the M2 and continue straight on to M3 over the Lagan River bridge. Use the left 2 lanes to take the A2 exit towards Newcastle/Belfast. Keep right, following signs to the A2/Belfast/Newcastle. Turn left onto Middlepath Street. Use the 2nd from the right lane and turn onto Bridge End. Keep left and turn onto Short Strand. Take a slight left at traffic lights onto the Albertbridge Road. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Woodstock Link. Go straight on to Cregagh Road. The Museum of Orange Heritage is near the top of the Cregagh Road on the left hand side just after Downshire Park Central. There is limited parking at an inlet from the main road in front of a row of shops beside the Museum of Orange Heritage. You may also park in Downshire Road opposite the Museum of Orange Heritage.
The walk will start at 10.15 am at the front door of the Museum of Orange Heritage. We will cross the Upper Knockbreda Road (dual carriageway) at the traffic lights and enter Cregagh Glen. Cregagh Glen is run by the National Trust and steps and handrails have been installed. The path follows the bank of the Glen River and is steep in places. It can also be muddy. At the top of Cregagh Glen we will join Lisnabreeny Road East which we will follow for a short distance when we will visit the American Cemetery. We will return by the same route.
We will have lunch in the café at the Museum of Orange Heritage. Note that there are toilets at the café and at Lanyon Place Railway Station, but there are no toilets at Cregagh Glen.