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Take a hike this September


The Belfast Hills Partnership is stepping out for September with a robust, early autumn walk in the hills of Belfast.

The ‘September Morn’ walk on Saturday September 15 takes a little-known route linking the heights of Divis and Black Mountain with Colin river valley in the west of the city.

The trail stretches from Divis to Glenside community woodland into upper and lower Colin Glen. It takes in spectacular mountain views descending into shaded valleys, dramatic flooded quarries, a waterfall and deep river gorges.

The walk will also treat the hardy band of walkers to the sights of ripening fruits including wild blackberries and elderberries growing along the way.

It was not possible, until recent years, for the public to walk a route from Black Mountain down through Colin Glen.

But walkers taking the hike will be able to see tangible improvements being made within the Belfast Hills.

A pre-bookable, free shuttle bus service is provided at 9.30am from Colin Glen Forest Park centre taking walkers to Divis for the start of the walk at 10am.

Those taking this option will walk back to the end of the route to pick up their cars or access public transport at Colin Glen Forest Park centre.

People can otherwise meet for the start of the walk at the Divis Mountain.

“This walk will inspire people to get out as autumn begins to see the changing of the seasons through mountain and valley in the Belfast Hills,” said Partnership manager Jim Bradley.

“This is a challenging trail that provides a slice of nature to the large urban populations across the Belfast Hills. It offers a chance for walkers to enjoy the hills as the season changes.”

The event starts at 10am from Divis car park, 12 Divis Road and costs £1 for under 18s and unemployed, £5 for adults. All proceeds go to improvement works in the Belfast Hills.

Anyone wishing to take part in the September Morn walk and book the bus can contact the Belfast Hills Partnership. Call 02890 603 466, info@belfasthills.org or www.belfasthills.org

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