With the change of season upon us, its the perfect time to get out and about in the falling leaves and feel the autumnal nip in the air in some of our beautiful parks. Now is the time to experience an autumn amble with the family, or a cosy couples' stroll.
Moira Demesne is located in the picturesque village of Moira. It's situated off the Main Street and is a popular landmark, providing a quiet escape from the busy village. Walk your four-legged friends along with fellow dog-walkers, tire out the kids while enjoying some family fun in the wide open spaces. Additionally it incorporates beautiful walkways, picnic sites and even outdoor gym equipment for everyone to enjoy. With the added advantage of free parking this means you can spend the whole day! While there, try out the local eateries like The Still House, Wine & Brine, The Fat Gherkin and Pretty Mary's or enjoy a pint after the park!
Situated in the heart of Dundonald, Moat Park offers idyllic walks around the historic Motte. Also, it provides a valuable link to shops in the village. Close by stands the Church of St Elizabeth,best viewed from the top of the Motte. This striking church dates from 1306, providing an interesting piece of history during your walk. After exploring the park head to Cafe Nosh and tickle your taste-buds with a delicious lunch from their fresh deli.
Wallace Park is a breathe of fresh air in the heart of Lisburn City centre. The park features an excellent children's play area and a variety of gentle walks. It takes its name from Sir Richard Wallace who left many legacies to the City. Take some time out of your city centre shopping, grab a take away coffee from one of the local coffee shops like Glasshouse, Cafe Nero or Bob & Berts, and enjoy the tranquility of the local park. If you're feeling energetic, give Wallace Park Indoor Tennis Centre a try - housed under a giant transparent dome you can enjoy the courts in any weather!
Castle Gardens is the most historically significant open space in Lisburn and was once the site of Lisburn Castle. This 17th century fortified manor house was built by the Conway family, the landlords of Lisburn. Upon the death of the last landlord, Sir Richard Wallace, and later his wife, Lady Wallace, the Gardens were gifted to the people of Lisburn by Lady Wallace's heir, Sir John Murray Scott in 1903. Located behind Lisburn Cathedral, Castle Gardens is a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city.
The Lagan Valley Tow Path provides an excellent walk full of wildlife and wonder all the way to Belfast! If you're very lucky, you might spot an elusive Kingfisher darting between the banks of the canal. The route is approximately 11 miles long with soft surfaced paths away from busy roads. As a result, families and athletes alike can exercise for hours, stopping for lunch or a thirst-quenching pint of local craft beer at The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery.