Not a park I know well but another one which is within a ‘beagle’s gowl’ Irish colloquialism (15 min cab ride) of the City centre in the shadow of Belfast’s famous cranes, Samson and Goliath and right next to City Airport. Victoria Park information. Tucked between the docks and the burbs, the bird life here is amazing. We saw a Little Egret paddling about in the still water.

When you see the planes landing however, you hope there are no kamikaze geese… In the middle of the circular pond, accessible by a bridge, there are football pitches and outside gym equipment along with another water’s edge pathway. After spotting a sign saying CS Lewis Square 14 mins via the Connswater Greenway, I decided it would be rude not to go and have a look.

Recently opened, this Square is complete with fabulous, creative, sculptures celebrating the imaginative and engaging characters created by local literary celebrity, CS Lewis. (As a child I loved the way the children entered Narnia through the soft fur coats at the back of a wardrobe) Also recently opened, the Connswater greenway is a fabulous and elegantly designed 9km linear path through East Belfast perfect for walking, running or cycling. The East Belfast Visitor Centre at CS Lewis Square is dog friendly, does fab coffee and avocado toast and has an airy reading room and crisp, clean art gallery. CS Lewis Square and Connswater Greenway. Come and Walkitoff in NI with me nikki@walkitoffni and we’ll Explore More!

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