Discover Greater Belfast by Foot
Belfast and its surrounding areas have so many impressive walking sites whether its a gentle stroll around Belfast Castle Estate and its glorious gardens or a literary trail to experience where Northern Ireland’s finest writers have walked and lived. Belfast has a wide array of walks to accommodate all types of walkers.
1. Coastal Walks & Towpaths
These types of walks are ideal for a short stroll with the family pet or if you fancy a jog along the coastal path. Belfast & Greater Belfast has a range of towpaths and coastal walks including the Lagan Valley Towpath where walkers can follow this historic waterway for 11 miles through a patchwork of parks, mixed woodland, meadows and also the North Down Coastal Path which passes through coastline and parkland where historic relics are found in abundance you might be even lucky enough to spot the grey seals that can be spotted off shore.
2. Hiking & Hill Walks
Do you prefer a more challenging hike? Belfast and Greater Belfast have a range of hills and mountains offering some excellent walking! These include Cave Hill Country Park which has a challenging route past intriguing caves to McArt's Fort – a stunning viewpoint over the city below. In the heart of the Belfast Hills, Divis and the Black Mountain is a fantastic amenity with a range of routes, the most recent addition being the excellent Ridge Trail. This gentle, 4.2 mile route on gravel and boardwalk offers the best views over the city and it's landmarks, and to the dramatic Mourne Mountains on a clear day. Redburn Country Park, Holywood is another energetic walk with 7km of pathways and if you manage to climb to the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Belfast and the Antrim Hills.
3. Country Parks & Castle Estates
If you prefer a quiet scenic stroll surrounded by wonderful floral displays and spectacular views you will enjoy many of Belfast parks & castles estates. Botanic Gardens, home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine here you will see a range of beautiful tropical plants, hanging baskets, seasonal displays and birds of paradise. Or for a family fun day out try Barnett Demesne, an area of outstanding beauty with a daffodil garden, ecotrail, orienteering routes and children's playground. You could also take a wildlife walk with the family.
4. City Tours & Trails
Do you prefer to see Belfast city on foot? There are plenty of self guided tours and guided trails which will help you discover many of Belfast hidden gems and many of the city’s iconic attractions. If you love to explore NI Food, take a self-guided BRED walking tour via a mobile app or join the guided Belfast Food Tour. Take your own journey of the Titanic Trail and discover Belfast’s maritime heritage and uncover the story of the Titanic as you journey from the new Titanic Memorial Garden at Belfast City Hall, through the City to the Titanic Quarter, where you will discover a number of the key Titanic & maritime heritage attractions.
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