Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Highway to Health – Comber

Comber is famous for its links to the Titanic and is surrounded by rich arable farmland noted for the production of early potatoes. Both walks start at the Leisure Centre and follow a common path to the corner of the Square via the supermarket and Castle Street. The Square is the site of the famous Gillespie monument.

Walk 1 continues out Killinchy Street and turns along Cherryvalley Line where it crosses the Comber River. You have the option of walking an attractive tree lined path or the main footpath. It returns to the Leisure Centre via Newtownards Road and Bridge Street Link.

At the Square, Walk 2 turns into High Street. On its way to the bird sanctuary at Clattering Ford it passes the historic Presbyterian church and the former Andrews Mill which was once a main employer in the town. The walk returns from the bird sanctuary to the Leisure Centre via Ballygowan Road, Railway Street, Mill Street and Castle Street.

A third walk, which is not shown on the map, is the Comber Greenway. It starts on the Belfast Road and follows the line of the old railway. On completion it will accommodate both walkers and cyclists on a traffic free route right into the heart of east Belfast.


More details below:


DISTANCE – 1.77km/3km

STEPS – 2213/4025


Please click here to download a map of the walk.

Route Description

For route description, please see the Comber Highway to Health leaflet, available to download above.

Getting to the start

The route can be accessed at any point and walked in either direction.

Point of interest

Bird Sanctuary.


Town centre car parks.