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Hidden lake in west Belfast is an industrial treasure

By Linda Stewart

Published 23/03/2012

A tour of Belfast’s industrial heritage will explore a little-known lake hidden in the heart of a housing estate.

Belfast Hills Partnership is inviting walkers, history buffs and anyone else wanting to enjoy the fine weather to get over to Half Moon Lake on Suffolk Road this Saturday.

Few people know of the secluded crescent-shaped waterway’s existence, but it is a key part of the rich industrial heritage of the Suffolk Road in west Belfast, as a former mill pond which powered machinery for the linen industry.

The Lenadoon community was built around the site during the Troubles and for many years it was unused.

However, Belfast City Council and the Lenadoon community have been improving the site and in recent years it has become a hub for people to visit and enjoy.

People wishing to attend should meet at 11am on Saturday at the Belfast Hills Partnership offices at 9 Social Economy Village, Hannahstown Hill, Belfast.

Contact Belfast Hills Partnership at

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