The National Trust in partnership with Belfast Hills Partnership, Colin Glen Trust, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast and Lisburn City Councils developed a continuous 10 mile way marked trail in 2009.
It cuts a trail from the summit of Divis Mountain to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park - the latter being part of the Lagan Valley Regional Park in south Belfast.
Point of interest:Divis Mountain, Rumbling Hole Quarry, Colin Glen, Jubilee Park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Nearest town:Hannahstown, Belfast
Getting to the start by car:If parking in Divis Car park, you must first cross the road and walk along the tarmac road out towards the far aerial mast. Follow the road left at the fork roughly 50 metres before this mast up the steady slope to the summit of Divis to begin your walk.
Terrain:Heath, unsurfaced and urban path
Route:Walk back down the tarmac road, turn left towards the mast then after a few metres turn right to walk along the plastic floating path over boggy ground.
Turn right onto the stoned path and continue up to the Black Mountain summit and trig point to view all of Belfast and Lagan Valley.
Continue down the slope towards Belfast until you come to the fence. Turn right and continue along this until you meet a fence in your way. Take the stile roughly 20 metres to the right and continue on the same direction as before, south along the city ‘front’ of the ridge.
Continue along boggy ground and head to the immediate right side of the second aerial mast, then follow the tarmac service road down to a public road, Upper Springfield Road.
Take care crossing this road and go through the pedestrian entrance immediately opposite into Glenside Community Woodland.
Walk down the path, keeping left with a flooded quarry on your right until you cross a small bridge over a stream. Follow this stream down until you come to a path which leads you into Upper Collin Glen.
Take a left here and keep tight to the fence line on your left through some muddy areas. This will take you roughly 200 metres up a gully to a crossing point across a small stream and steps leading you back down the other side of the gully. Continue to keep the fence on your immediate left.
You will come to a long set of steps heading down to the right at the end of this path. Continue down until you are in the underpass below the Glen Road – do not exit onto the Glen Road.
You are now in Colin Glen Forest Park, continue down the left hand side of the river until the third bridge which takes you across and continue along the right hand side until you come to Colin Glen Forest Park Centre and Car Park.
The next section is on public road footpath. Exit the car park and turn right up towards the Stewartstown Roundabout, crossing the road at the pedestrian crossing half way up the hill. Continue up to the roundabout and turn left down Upper Dunmurry Lane.
Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing 100 metres down from the roundabout and continue down the right hand side, turning right at the large church to continue along Upper Dunmurry Lane.
Walk up and over the hill and turn right into Glebe Road – just 30 metres before the bottom of the hill and the garage
Continue along Glebe Road taking care over the level crossing and down into Dunmurry village. Cross the upper Lisburn Road here at the traffic light just 5 metres to the left of the Glebe Road junction.
Turn left and go 50 metres until you come to Jubilee Park on your right, go into the path which reconnects you to the Colin Glen river.
Keep walking along the river. Just before coming to a palisade fence, take a sharp left turn up a steep path which takes you to Fullerton playing fields. Walk along the side of the playing pitches until you come out at the exit to Glenburn Road next to a play park.
Turn left up Glenburn Road and take care to cross Dunmurry Lane, then turn right and cross the bridge across the M1 Motorway. Continue down the hill and as you come round the corner at the bottom you will see a path entrance on the other side of the Lane. Take special care crossing Dunmurry Lane again.
Enter and walk along this path which eventually takes you up a hill to the corner of a field. Follow the fence line to the left for roughly 100 metres where the fence line turns left again. At this corner take a right through the woods and you will find yourself at the top of the big hill in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. Turn right when you join the park path and walk down the hill towards the Lagan.
Walk along the left bank of the Lagan, keeping to the right until you come up to the Stables buildings. Keep these on your right hand side as you walk around the back of them and enter the lower car park at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and the end of the walk.
To walk from Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park up to the summit at Divis, you only need to reverse the above directions although the latter section in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and the path from Upper Colin Glen into Glenside Community Woodland are two sections at which it is easy to get lost in this particular direction, so checking the route at these and other places would be recommended if possible.
Facilities:Car parking at Divis car park.
Toilet, car park and cafe facilities available at Colin Glen and also in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
Accessible terrain:Accessible walking routes in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, please see the following link www.walkni.com/Walk.aspx?ID=294