From parks blooming with colour to peaceful towpaths providing an alternative way around the city and breath-taking views across the capital, there really is something for everyone when it comes to walking in Belfast. Whether you've brought your walking boots or not you can still enjoy a wide range of walks that bring a little slice of the countryside to the city. Whilst some routes require a reasonable level of fitness there are many other interesting and picturesque walks great for people with limited mobility and small children. It's time to add a different element to your city visit and view Belfast from a completely different angle!
There are a number of great parks to walk in as well as access to the Lagan Towpath taking you through Belfast on a very picturesque walk all the way to the city of Lisburn.
The Belfast Hills on the edge of the city tower over the west of Belfast and provide wonderful hill walking opportunities as well as walks for families and people with limited mobility. The Hills are also home to two of Belfast's Key attractions, Belfast Zoo and Belfast Castle.
Boasting thousands of acres of countryside on the southern fringe of Belfast City the Lagan Valley Regional Park, one of Belfast's iconic and largest parks, is home to the pretty and predominantly flat Lagan Towpath.
Divis Mountain is the highest point in the Belfast Hills at an elevation of 478m (1,568ft). The 4.2 mile circular Ridge Trail offers spectacular views over the City of Belfast and takes in views as far as the Mourne Mountains and Scotland. Major landmarks including Stormont Parliament Buildings, Titanic Belfast, Belfast City Hall and Harland and Wolff's famous yellow cranes Samson and Goliath can clearly be seen from the viewpoint.
At the heart of the Lagan Valley lies the River Lagan and Canal systems. The 11 mile (18km) linear Lagan Towpath walk is a section of the 26-mile Lagan canal constructed in the 18th Century to transport bulk commodities between Belfast and Lough Neagh. The Towpath is now used as one of Belfast's most loved transquil riverside walking routes following the river and canal system through a variety of wetland, riverside meadows and mixed woodland.
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