HOLYWOOD TO BANGOR GREENWAY
“North Down Coastal Path”
A 16km traffic-free route along the southern edge of Belfast Lough winding through Holywood, Cultra, Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn into Bangor.
|Estimate||£2.4 million (upgrade)|
|Timescale||2026 to 2040|
|Type||Existing coastal path|
|Councils||Ards and North Down Borough Council|
Article: Holywood to Bangor Coastal Path (April 2013)
“The North Down Coastal Path remains a gem in Northern Ireland’s tourist and leisure offering. The section from Holywood to Bangor stretches 10 miles along rocky shores, fine sandy beaches, quiet coves, country parkland, busy promenades and moments of perfect isolation.
As a kid growing up in Troubles Belfast, there was always a little bit of magic about day trips to North Down. Whether it was the chocolate box train stations, the many fun activities, or just the sharp change of scenery just minutes out of the city, it was an easy place to fall in love with. Finding out that there was a ‘secret path’ that went for miles around the coast added to the mystique.”
June 2016: ANDBC applies to Stage 1 of the DfI Small Grants Programme for Greenways competition
September 2020: “Mallon announces a £2.8 million package for Greenway projects”
“North Down Coastal Path – widening near Stricklands Glen total capital costs £25,000”
EXPLORE THE ROUTE
GREENWAY PROJECTS WHICH INTERSECT
An upgrade and extension of a coastal path to link Bangor with Groomsport and Donaghadee past Orlock Point.
A missing link in an otherwise excellent chain of traffic-free routes between Belfast and Bangor, a 4km urban greenway in Sydenham.
A proposal to link Newtownards with the North Down Coastal Path
Successful greenway projects are driven by the passion of local people. If you have an update to share, a story to tell about the history of the route or future of the Holywood to Bangor Greenway / North Down Coastal Path, or if you want to submit a picture or video to this page, please get in contact.