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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.

County

Antrim

Nearest Town

Moira or Aghalee

Route Type

Riverside

AONB

Other Area

Grid Ref (Start)

J124649

Distance

4 miles

OS Map

20

Route Shape

Linear

On/Off Road

Off Public road

Grid Ref (End)

J157618

terrain

Flat gravel towpath

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

Traffic free except for occasional vehicle accessing lock-keepers house

facilities

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

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 publications

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

Lisburn TIC Tel: 028 92660038

Cycle hire

Craigavon Watersports Centre
1 Lake Road Craigavon www.craigavonactivity.org
Email: watersports.centre@craigavon.gov.uk
Phone: 028 3834 2669
Web: www.craigavonactivity.org

Links

The Loughshore Trail - Route 1

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