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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

towpathThese 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

Divis Ridge Trail and the MournesDo 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

Botanic GdnsIf 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

Titanic TrailDo 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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Places To Visit

North Down Coastal Path,

Relatively flat scenic coastline

Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House, Belfast

First established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s.

Redburn Country Park, Belfast

Redburn Country Park is set on an escarpment above Belfast Lough. There are 7km of pathways and energetic visitors climbing to the top of the escarpment will be rewarded with spectacular views of Belfast and the south Antrim hills.

Lagan Towpath,

Scenic riverside walk along tarmac path

Cave Hill Country Park,

A challenging route, over unsurfaced paths, past the caves to McArt’s Fort, and crossing moorland, heath and meadows. You will discover much of what the park has to offer from archaeological sites and wildlife to panoramic views.

Divis Lough Trail (all ability),

Gentle circular route that leads you across the open hills on a wide, flat and gently sloping path. Lough Neagh, the Sperrins and further afield can be viewed on a clear day.

Divis Summit Trail,

Circular walk on the summit of Divis

Divis Heath Trail,

Circular walk that circumnavigates Divis Mountain

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