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Carnmoney Hill

Carnmoney Hill is a green oasis in an urban area, and is rich in both history and wildlife. Walkers can choose between a gentle stroll around the foot of Carnmoney Hill; a lower woodland walk (lasting approx 30 mins); or a hilltop walk (lasting over an hour).

There are some steep inclines, but in return you have the promise of wonderful views over Belfast Lough and the surrounding countryside.




3 miles

OS Map

Sheet 15

Nearest Town

Carnmoney village

Route Shape


Route Type

Hill, Woodland


Off road tracks

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Wildlife, ponds, hilltop views, children's play area, Victorian well

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

There are 3 walks around this site waymarked with red, yellow and blue arrows. The red route is the shortest, the blue is the longest walk to the top of the hill and the best views - across Belfast Lough, south to the Mournes, NW to Slemish Mtn, and north to the Antrim Coast.

A Welcome Board is in place at the entrance. The Board details the choice of walking routes.

The walking routes are also detailed on a leaflet which is available from the Woodland Trust and available for download here.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

From the M2 proceed onto the M5. At the end of the M5 you will see a roundabout; follow the sign for Carrickfergus. At the next roundabout take the first left signed to Glengormley. This is Station Road. Proceed straight ahead to the mini roundabout. Go straight ahead at this roundabout onto the O'Neill Road. Travel uphill and take the first right turn into Knockenagh Avenue. A short distance ahead, you will see the entrance to Carnmoney Hill on the left hand side. Park at the lay-by.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets - There are disabled toilets in the Community Center, at the bottom of the site, but are only available when Center is open.


Car parking is available at the lay-by at Knockenagh Avenue.


'Carnmoney Hill, a natural wonder of Newtownabbey'.

Publication Availability

Downloadable on this page, or phone the Woodland Trust's Bangor office on 028 9127 5787.

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Ratings and Comments

Zander Nisarga 4 October, 2018 @ 22:58

It's great to have this opportunity to get out of the city. I've lived in Belfast for almost 16 years now and didn'y realise until this year, (2018), what was right on my doorstep, so to speak.

I enjoyed my first walk at Carnmoney hill and I will return to it. So far I've climbed Divis, The Cave Hill, to the top of the tree line at the Mournes, Fortwilliam and now Carnmoney.

It is my intention to continue to find new walks to conquer, and enjoy, as well as continuing to revisit places. Carnmoney will become a 2nd favourite, next to the Mourne Mountains, for the time being at least.

Sarah 28 June, 2016 @ 14:15

Alan it's a walk in the hills. What do you want them to do with the horses? Nothing more beautiful in my opinion than them running free. Educating your children will help solve their fear.

Alan hill 18 May, 2014 @ 18:20

Nice wee walk but no good for prams, sign posts need redone and 2 stray horses Blocked our path at the top and had to come back the way we come up. Frightening experience for my 2 children. These things need addressed!!!!!

David Watson 28 October, 2009 @ 19:58

Enjoyed this walk after a French (morning) class last Saty, despite rain and wind. Surprised it has a 'Quality' walk status, as the signs are often ambiguous. What is meant by two arrows pointing to right and left? We ended up happy and there's a lovely old oak tree on top. Thanks.

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