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Divis Ridge Trail

View the city of Belfast from a different perspective, from above! The Divis Ridge Trail allows the walkers to enjoy 180 degree views across the city and further afield including the Antrim Plateau to the north, Scotland to the east and the Mourne Mountains to the south.

Important notice -

Access to Divis and the Black Mountain is via the Budore Road due to roadwork on the Divis Road, vehicles should follow the diversion signs.

 

County

Antrim

Distance

4.2 miles

OS Map

15

Nearest Town

Hannahstown, Belfast

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Hill, Mountain

Terrain

Gravel path with rough sections

Grid Reference (Start)

J272744

Grid Reference (End)

J272744

Point of Interest

Divis Mountain

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

From the car park at the Long Barn, (Note National Trust car park pricing applies for this car park however there is an alternative free car park on Divis Rd 0.5 miles from the Long Barn which can also be used by walkers), follow the trail towards the Divis transmitter masts. Bear right onto a section of boardwalk, shortly before reaching the lower mast. The boardwalk ends, turn right onto the gravel path, leading towards the summit of Black Mountain, the summit of which is marked by a trig point. From here you can experience exhilarating views across the city and beyond. Continue to follow the gravel path as it winds its way along the ridge towards Black Hill. The path leaves the ridge before reaching Black Hill and continues to weave its way back towards the Long Barn, crossing a couple of stiles and the Collin River along the way. Turn left when you reach the access road to return to the Long Barn.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Ulsterbus 106 (Crumlin) from Europa Bus Station. Alight at Divis Road.

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Minor road off the B38 Upper Springfield Road, off the A55 Outer Ring

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Dogs to be kept under control

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible)
Disabled parking
Disabled toilets with RADAR key
Visitors Centre

Facilities

Divis Coffee Barn
Free parking
Toilet facilities
An open site with free access. Charge for guided tours only
Mobility parking spaces
Mobility toilet facilities
Wheelchair-accessible kissing gates to mountain

Publication

N/A

Publication Availability

N/A

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
 
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Ratings and Comments

★★★★☆
Joris 7 May, 2017 @ 16:43

Having walked this trail several times, I can highly recommend it. The Ridge Trail offers great views over Belfast and on a clear day you can see as far as the Mournes and Strangford Lough.

If you start from Belfast on foot, I strongly advise against using the bus, as you'll have to walk on a 50m/h road to get to the trail from the bus stop. Approach from Shankill Rd instead.

★★★★★
tom 9 October, 2014 @ 16:58

Unbelievable views from the top of black mountain. No need to wear boots, superbly maintained track. Pack a camera and go when the cloud is low!! Very easy fairly flat walk with very rewarding views of belfast.

★★★★★
John Whyte 15 September, 2014 @ 16:36

So lucky to have this on my door step its a pleasure to be able to get home from work and take the dogs a walk up Divis my favourite walk has to be the ridge but for a wee change last night I took the left hand turn after the road gate and up the heath and up to the peak. Looking forward to the snow :-D

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