Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Highway to Health – Ballymena – ECOS

This urban walk is part of the Highway to Health Scheme – a simple and innovative scheme which aims to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health. It uses pole signs at one kilometer intervals on an established route.

It is measured from outside the main entrance to the ECOS millennium environmental center. The complete route is in an environmentally managed area and is mostly on a pedestrian only footpath.

 

COUNTY
Antrim

DISTANCE – 1.9 miles

STEPS – 3750

OS MAP
Sheet 9
NEAREST TOWN
Ballymena
ROUTE SHAPE
Circular
ROUTE TYPE
Highway to Health, Lakeland, Parkland, Grassland
TERRAIN
Footpath
GRID REFERENCE (START)
D118040
GRID REFERENCE (END)
D118040

 

Click here to download a map of the walk.

Point of Interest

Lake, grassland and woodland habitats

Route Description

The route follows the path around the lake, passing through semi–natural grassland and woodland habitats where a profusion of flora and fauna can be seen including mallard, moorhen, meadow pipit, grasshopper warbler, kestrel, dragonflies, small tortoiseshell, orange–tip, bush vetch and water forget–me–not. The walker will also experience the contrast between the serenity of nature and the bustle of the nearby motorway.

Getting to the Start

Take the Ecos Centre exit from the Broughshane–Ballymena roundabout.

Facilities

Parking