|Frequently Asked Questions|
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When is it open?
Lock Keeper's Cottage
The Industry Lighter
The Industry lighter is now owned by Belfast City Council but was restored by Castlereagh City Council in 2014.
I want to bring a group to the Lock Keeper's Inn how do I book?
What do I do if I find an injured bird or animal?
Are there seals in the Lagan?
It is not uncommon for seals to come up rivers and we believe they are following the salmon which spawn over the winter months. Seals will also take water fowl from the river.
Over recent years there have been huge efforts to clean the river and the fact that the salmon have returned and are spawning is a good indicator that the water quality has improved. An increase in sightings of kingfishers, cormorants, heron and otter is also a good indicator of improved water quality.
Who is responsible for litter collection within the Lagan Valley Regional Park?
Lagan Valley Regional Park Rangers and volunteers carry out litter picks along the full 11 mile stretch on a weekly basis... Annually we collected somewhere in the region of 450 sacks of litter. However, we constantly get complaints about litter in the various parks, forests and paths which make up the 4,000 acres of the Lagan Valley Regional Park.
- Lagan Valley Regional Park: the Ranger Service is responsible for litter collection on the towpath (and up to two metres either side) between Stranmillis car park (Belfast) and Union Locks (Lisburn). Additionally, the Ranger Service is responsible for the Stranmillis and Drumbridge car parks.
- Belfast City Council: responsible for litter collection in Lagan Lands East, Lagan Meadows, Morelands Meadows, Clement Wilson Park, Barnett's Desmesne, Mary Peter's track, Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park.
- Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council: responsible for litter collection in McIlroy Park, Castle Gardens, Lisburn Island, Derryaghy Glen Linear Park, Jubilee Park.
- Forest Service: Belvoir Forest, Hydebank wood, Hazelbank Wood
- National Trust: Minnowburn Beeches, Terrace Hill.
-Transport NI: Shaw’s Bridge car park
- Woodland Trust: Belvoir Drive wood, Seymour Hill wood, Old Warren Wood
-DOENI - Historic Environment Division: Giants Ring, Giant's Ring car park, Edenderry Trail,
Unfortunately there is no body responsible for clearing litter from the river or canal. The Rivers Agency is responsible for ensuring that the river is free from obstructions and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency for the water quality in the river.
We encourage visitors to the Park to adopt the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy. Therefore, if there are no convenient bins available, visitors should take their litter home.
Why aren't there any dog bins on the towpath?
Dog waste is a nuisance for towpath users and can pose a threat to health. We encourage visitors to the park to adopt the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy. Therefore, if there are no convenient bins available, visitors should take their litter home. Where bins have been provided, the cost of replacement from vandalism has meant many bins cannot be replaced.
Can you fish in the Lagan?
With water quality improvements and restocking projects in recent years, the Lagan is now an excellent spot for both coarse and game fishing.
It is important that you have the appropriate permit / license before you can fish. You must also abide by any seasonal and fishing-method restrictions.
Whilst there is no closed season for coarse-fishing, the game fishing season runs from 1st March to 31st October.
Full details can be found on the Department for Infrastructure (DfL) web site.
How do I volunteer?
Towpath use - See also the Towpath Code
Who can use the towpath?
Walkers, cyclists, runners and many others are wecome to use the shared use path, however we do request that everyone shows consideration for other users and follow the Towpath Code.
Who can't use the towpath?
Motorcycles, hunting and shooting are forbidden on the towpath.
Horseriding in not permitted on the towpath.
Who has right of way?
The towpath code states that cyclists must give way to pedestrians at all times.
Why are cyclists asked to use their bells on the towpath?
The towpath code asks that cyclists use bells when approaching other users to make them aware of their presence and that they slow down to walking pace.
For full details see the Towpath Code