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Broad Water
Route Location

Broad Water

The Broad Water is a towpath cycle/walk of some 4 miles between Moira Railway Station and Aghalee and takes you along the route of the original Lagan Canal through Soldierstown. Keep an eye out for the large variety of breeding and wintering wildfowl.

CountyAntrimDistance4 miles
Nearest TownMoira or AghaleeOS Map20
Route TypeRiversideRoute ShapeLinear
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)J124649
Public RoadsOff Public RoadGrid Ref (End)J157618


Flat gravel towpath

Point of Interest

Lock-keepers house (privately owned)
Moira Railway Station (oldest surviving building from the original Ulster Railway)
Wildlife - great variety of wildfowl

Route Description

The entrance to the route is clearly visable and signposted from the car park of Moira Railway Station. As this is a linear towpath running parallel with the old Lagan Canal the route is obvious. From the car park the path goes under the railway brige which was built in 1833 and contiues on towards the main Broad Water itself after passing under Soldierstown Bridge. From here you will see the picturesque Soldierstown Church up on your left where the engineer responsible for the Lisburn-Lough Neagh section of the canal, Richard Owen, was buried in 1830. 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. Today this area acts both as a breeding and wintering ground for a great variety of wildfowl. The path continues behind the lock-keepers house (privately owned) and eventually emerges into the village of Aghalee.

Getting to the Start

Access route from car park of Moira Railway Station, Station Road, Moira


Traffic free except for occasional vehicle accessing lock-keepers house


Refreshments available in nearby village of Moira. Public toilets located in Moira Demesne. Car park with picnic tables located at Soldierstown Car Park.

Information for People with a Disability

This route does not have accessible toilet facilities.

Relatively flat except for slight incline leading from car parks at Moira Railway Station and Soldierstown and at the section of the route at the back of the lock-keepers house.

Available Publication

Lough Neagh - Discover it for yourself! Promoted in both "The Loughshore Trail" and Walking Guides

Lisburn TIC Tel: 028 92660038


The Loughshore Trail - Route 1

Cycle Hire

Craigavon Watersports Centre
1 Lake Road, Craigavon,
Phone: 028 3834 2669


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