Greenway at a glance
( East Belfast, National Cycle Network )
The Comber Greenway is a 12 km traffic-free route from Belfast to Comber. The greenway provides a traffic-free environment that offers commuting cyclists and leisure walkings. It is a 7-mile traffic-free section of the National Cycle network running trails. Greenway the comber is a corridor through East Belfast and Comber town. The Greenway runs along the old Belfast-Comber railway line. The route will take you from the Belfast City Centre (Dee Street) to Comber Town. It is a tarmac path throughout Nearest Town Belfast – This route provides a tranquil green corridor through East Belfast and Comber. It starts from dee street in east Belfast along the old railway line. The trail is mostly flat and a perfect traffic-free cycling section and leisure walking path to enjoy your weekends with friends and family. The dogs are allowed on the trail under the supervision of the humans.
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About Comber Greenway:
This 7-mile traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network was developed by Sustrans along with the old Belfast to Comber railway line. The National Cycle Network (NCN) is the UK’s national network of cycle routes, which was set up to encourage cycling and walking across Britain, as well as cycle tourism. It was set up by the charity Sustrans, which was helped by a £42.5 million grant from the National Lottery. In 2017, the Network was used for more than 786 million cycling and walking trips.
In 2020, the NCN was recorded as having 12,739 miles (20,501 km) of signed routes. It consists of 5,220 miles (8,400 km) of traffic-free roads with the remaining 7,519 miles (12,101 km) of the highway. It uses shared-use paths, disused railway lines, secondary roads, canal towpaths, and moderately trafficked routes in towns.
It is a wonderful tranquil green corridor for local people and tourists. It is an initiative project by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. The path was completed in November 2008 by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. It is a green corridor through east Belfast close to the former railway line.
The present route of the Greenway was originally the main line of the Belfast and County Down Railway. The railway was in use from 1850 to 1950 when the Ulster Transport Authority closed it. During the 1950s the track was raised in phases and the infrastructure, including the bridges, was removed. The remains of Neill’s Hill Station survive near Sandown Road, behind Clara Park and Sandhill Gardens.
In 1964 it was proposed to use a section of what is now the Greenway for the planned M7 motorway. This highway was not built. The Belfast Urban Area Plan of 2001 included a proposal for a smaller scale road along the same route, but this too was not built.
At the end of the century, the greenway became a recreational path for walkers, cyclists, etc. In 2003-2004 the Knock Valley Relief Sewer was laid from Ballymacarett to Dundonald, which involved extensive excavation along the way. Funds were then provided by various government agencies to upgrade the greenway with a modern hard surface, road junctions, and, with the opening of the section by police headquarters, a continuous route from within Belfast at Comber. It was officially inaugurated on November 8, 2008.
Comber greenway Route
The Comber Greenway starts at the western end of Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Belfast and ends in Comber town by passing through a rural landscape ad a section of riverside path. However, the cycling trail starts from Dee Street in east Belfast and ends at Comber in County Down. In the corridor through East Belfast, the route passes the CS Lewis statue at the Holywood Arches. It crosses along the Bloomfield Walkway to Sandown Road where it continues past the Police Service NI headquarters to a newly installed toucan crossing at the Knock Road. From there it goes up Kings Road and Abbey Road, passing Tullycarnet and Ardcarn to East Link Road in Dundonald. At the Comber Road in Dundonald, the route diverts briefly from the old railway line along a section of riverside path to Millmount Road before continuing to Comber through a rural landscape,
The greenway continues through an emerging wetland at Comber Road, Dundonald, where a toucan crossing has been put in place. The route continues from Comber Road, Dundonald, pass the Billy Neill Center for Football Excellence, where the old railway line passes the Enler River. The Billy Neill Soccer Center of Excellence is adjacent to the farm lanes and Scrabo Tower. Walkers and cyclists can cross the River Enler and farm lanes using a series of reinstated bridges before reaching the final destination on Belfast Road, Comber. These reinstated bridges are a great to help on the way to cross the River Enler. The greenway is an off-road trail but there are junctions where the pathway crosses main intersections. In case of any emergency, you can rust Nearest Town Belfast. The car parking facilities are available on the greenway but it may charge you a bit of the parking cost.
Train stations that serve the Comber Greenway are Belfast Central, Bridge End, and Sydenham. The metro service is available all the time from the City Hall to Dundonald. You can start your journey either Belfast or Comber. Bicycles will be carried free of charge on Translink train services but are not permitted on trains prior to 09:30 Monday – Friday. Belfast, Down & Armagh Cycle Map Covers the southeast of Northern Ireland including Belfast, Lisburn, Armagh, Newry, Strangford Lough, and Lough Neagh.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and accessible to people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities carry some degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans is not liable for any accident or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions can also affect road
surfaces. Please use your own judgment when using the routes depending on the weather and the ability, experience, and confidence levels of those in your group.
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CS Lewis Statue
The CS Lewis Statue is on Holywood Arches in front of the library in East Belfast. The statue depicts Digory Kirke, a character from Lewis’ Narnia books, looking into the famous wardrobe. Clive Staples Lewis was a writer and theologian. He was famous for creating The Chronicles of Narnia. He was born in east Belfast in 1898
Views of the Harland & Wolff Cranes
The Views of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard is the highest point of the Comber greenway route. The two large yellow-painted gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath, have become icons of Belfast, dominating the entire city skyline. The Harland Wolff Cranes were built to service Harland and Wolff’s large new gravel jetty, Goliath.
Parliament Buildings at Stormont
Parliament Buildings at Stormont are another wonderful highlight of the greenway the Comber. It is an amazing addition to the rural landscape of the town. The Parliament Buildings house the Assembly of Northern Ireland, the legislative body of Northern Ireland established under the Belfast Accord of 1998 (Good Friday Agreement).
It was built in 1921 at a cost of almost £ 1.7million, it was designed to house the new government of Northern Ireland and was officially inaugurated on November 16, 1932, by the then Prince of Wales, in the name of King George V.
You are welcome to come to visit the Parliament Buildings Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to see the Great Hall or visit the cafeteria and gift shop.
Belfast Hills is a natural mountain range with bulk rows of domestic trees, plants, and fauna with oak and elm. The forest has wildlife species like owls, badgers, butterflies, and birds. The eye-catching natural sceneries attract tourists more than vibrant markets and buildings. This beautiful plain is a dominant spot in Comber Greenway’s visit.
Scrabo Tower is a 135-foot-tall 19th-century watchtower or folly that stands on Scrabo Hill near Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland. It offers extensive views and is a landmark that can be seen from afar. The tower enhances the heritage value of the greenway. The tower is accessible to the public. You can visit it anytime.
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Belfast City Council
Belfast City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach Bhéal Feirste) is the local authority responsible for part of the city of Belfast, the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. The Council serves an estimated population of 333,871 (2011), the largest of any District Council in Northern Ireland, although it is the smallest by area. Belfast City Council is the main council for the Belfast Metropolitan Area, a grouping of six former district councils with surrounding and surplus towns Belfast, containing a total population of 579,276.
The Council is made up of 60 councilors, elected from ten constituencies in the city. It holds its meetings in the historic Belfast City Hall. The current mayor is Kate Nicholl of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Greenways
Launched in 2012, the Northern Ireland Greenways project raised awareness of old railways, inland waterways, and new ideas for connecting the country in a new traffic-free network. Northern
Ireland’s disused railway network is a forgotten piece of industrial and rural heritage lost in time. Around 1,000 km of old transport routes lie abandoned, winding through spectacular scenery, linking towns and villages, major attractions, and workplaces. It represents an important potential tourist attraction that needs to be developed. With a growing obesity problem, a network of greenways could be a crucial part of the fight for better long-term health outcomes.
Cycling is the most popular and lovable activity in Ireland. The Irish Government is very concerned and caring towards their people. There is a number of beautiful and stunning greenways in the county. These greenways are beautiful traffic-free routes with lots of natural heritage and sceneries.
Ireland’s greenways are the most beautiful and breathtaking gorgeous trails to enjoy the pristine and intact beauty of the country. These are the off-road( cycling trail, walking trail) and traffic-free routes to enjoy the charmer of nature and great outdoors with peace of mind. These unspoiled parts are great outdoor amusements for people of all age groups. In Northern Ireland, they are collectively part of the British National Cycle Network (NCN).
The Irish government welcomed the creation of greenways that would serve both its own citizens and visitors to the country.
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frequently asked questions
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I haven’t cycled a bike in years, can I still do the trail?
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visitors to some of the most popular sections of the Greenway will be able to refill their water bottles at a number of specially designed water bottle refill stations. These are ideally suited to cyclists who have greater difficulty in accessing suitable drinking water points on their journey.
Water bottle refill stations on the Waterford Greenway are located along the Greenway at Abbeyside, Ballylynch Cross, Kilmacthomas Station and Bilberry. These enable Greenway users to refill their water bottles as they enjoy the Waterford Greenway.
Playgrounds near the greenway
the Greenway is a wonderful facility and its important to keep children’s interest with activity and fun along the way. So grab a ball, go exploring and have some fun!
A playground is a really important aspect of a local network, and we’re very lucky to have some great playgrounds nearby on the Waterford Greenway.
There are two well constructed playgrounds that are easily accessible from the Waterford Greenway should you want to make a day out of it. Both Kilmacthomas and Abbeyside, Walton Park have play areas for kids of all ages, picnic tables, car-parks, shelters, electric barbecue facilities and toilets. Best of all there are no entrance fees !
There is also a playground at the Waterford City Park but it’s located on the south-side and takes longer to reach than either of the above.
Using The Greenway as a link between playgrounds can allow children to complete their original plans, but also try something new after all that energy has been used up.