Ulster Way A 625 mile (1000km) circular walking route in Northern Ireland

North Down Coastal Path

The North Down Coastal Path takes the walker along the south shore of Belfast Lough, past many of the scenic, historical and ecological attractions of North Down. For the most part the path follows the grassy flats just above the shoreline and is well surfaced for almost all of its 12 mile length. Good public transport links mean this walk is extremely accessible and can either be completed in a single day, or broken into shorter sections to suit families and casual walkers.



12 miles (19.2 km) miles

OS Map

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The route crosses a variety of surfaces including smooth concrete path to beach and a narrow rocky shoreline section.

Start Town/Village


Finish Town/Village



Starts at J397793
Ends at J539833

Points of Interest

Holywood, Cultra, Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn Country Park, Bangor, Ballyholme, Groomsport