Get Outdoors Weekend
Weekend of free outdoor activity events in Northern Ireland
ASDA - Saving You Money Everyday

Quarries, Forts and Cashels 7km Trek of Cave Hill

Join the Belfast Hills Partnership for a 7km walk that will start and finish at Belfast Castle. From the castle we will climb up through the Limestone Quarry to McArt's Fort. From the summit (if it's a clear day) we will see views of Belfast, the Mournes, Antrim Hills, Lagan Valley and across the Irish Sea. We then go off the beaten track across upland heath where falcons and buzzards can regularly be seen down to Ballyaghagan and the site of an Early Christian cashel or stone fort. The walk will then take us back down towards the Castle along a traditional country lane and mature woodland.

This is a challenging walk with lots of stone steps, steep slopes, stiles and streams to cross. We will be taking a leisurely pace but a good level of fitness is needed to cover the 7km. We welcome families, however this walk is not suitable for children under 12 and an adult must accompany those under 16. Suitable footwear and waterproof clothing are essential, those without will not be able to take part.

Day

Saturday 20th September

Location

Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast

Session Times

10:00 to 14:30

Event Mainly Suited For

Families with older children

Fitness Level

Moderate

Key Info
  • This walk will take in some of the best panoramic views across Belfast and beyond.
  • As well as the wildlife we will see features such as burial cairns & early Christian settlements.
  • This walk is quite demanding so good fitness, good walking boots and warm waterproof clothing needed
  • Not suitable for kids under 12 due to steep incline and declines, steps and uneven paths.
Bookings have now closed for this event.

Please make bookings directly through the Get Outdoors Weekend website, but feel free to contact Belfast Hills Partnership if you would like more specific information on the event:

Phone+44 28 9060 3466
Emaildavid.scott@belfasthills.org

What to Bring

Bring warm and waterproof clothing. Good walking boots with ankle support, anyone turning up with unsuitable footwear (heels/soft shoes etc.) will not be able to take part. Hats, gloves and walking poles, if you use them, won't go amiss in the rucksack even if it looks like a nice sunny day it can get very cold very quick at the top of the hill.

Take something to eat and a warm drink as well as a water bottle, we'll be stopping for about 30 mins at the half-way point. Don't forget the camera!

Suitability

This is a challenging walk with lots of stone steps, steep slopes, stiles and streams to cross. We will be taking a leisurely pace but a good level of fitness is needed to cover the 7km. We welcome families however, this walk is probably not suitable for children under 12 and those under 16 must be accompanied by and adult.

There are toilets available at Belfast Castle but not on the walk itself.

What's Included

A guided walk taking in some of the history of the hill and the people that have lived there over time. We may be lucky enough to see some of the wildlife, this is also a great opportunity for any photographers to get some great pictures.

Meeting Point

Meeting at the start of the path which is located at the car park on the main drive up to the castle before you get to the barriers, the guide will be there from 09.45 on the morning of the walk.

Directions to Location

By car

From the Westlink going north, take Clifton Street exit. At the top of slipway turn left, then at roundabout take the third exit onto the Antrim Road - Belfast Castle is signposted.

Public transport

Take the Translink Metro bus from Belfast city centre to Antrim Road. You can alight along this route to Belfast Castle by walking country-bound from Strathmore bus stop to Innisfayle Park (brown direction sign for Belfast Castle). Follow the sign about 800m into the grounds to the castle.

For more information and a map go to www.belfasthills.org and click on the link to Cave Hill.