The Three Milewater river winds its way through Newtownabbey, creating a natural haven within a busy urban area. However the river was also natural barrier to people easily accessing facilities in their local area and meaning they had to travel along busy roads to get to shops, community centres, schools etc The challenge was to open up access to this haven to the local community in a sensitive way so that local people could both enjoy this natural escape and also have a safer and more direct route to local facilities.
“ This is absolutely fantastic. It’s right on our doorstep so it’s a wonderful opportunity for our children to get out and experience safe cycling and the beautiful countryside. ”
The scheme created a new five-mile walking and cycling route from Corr’s Corner via Bleach Green and Monkstown to the shores of Belfast Lough at Whiteabbey. The work involved building new paths, developing links to existing routes and constructing a series of bridges over the river. The route takes cyclists and walkers on a new boardwalk through the woods near the Mossley Mill and under three magnificent railway viaducts at Bleach Green.
The new route is making it possible for local people to walk and cycle for everyday local journeys to school, work and local amenities or to visit friends. It provides access from the suburbs of Newtownabbey right into Belfast city centre on safe traffic-free routes. It’s also a great leisure resource opening up the beautiful wooded glen to local communities, encouraging people to visit the newly refurbished Mossley Mill and forming part of the longer distance National Cycle Route 93.
Find out how we’re transforming local travel in communities UK-wide, and making it easier for millions of people to walk and cycle for their everyday journeys. Call Sustrans, Belfast office on 028 9043 4569 or email: [email protected]