Belfast Hills Walk

Belfast Hills Walk

Our walk this Sunday, 14th of July, starts in the Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast, after an hours walking in the forest park, we’ll cross the Hannahstown Road and head up into the Belfast Hills, reaching the summits of both Black and Divis Mountains, we’ll then cross bog land and descend to Divis Lodge where our walk will end.
We will be walking on a variety of terrains from stone tracks, to roads, across heathland and bogs and along boardwalks, even with all this recent dry weather it is still very wet and muddy in places.
This walk will differ from our usual outings as we will be walking in 1 group, whilst there is not a lot of climbing, (overall we will only climb about 575m), it is 16km and we will be out for at least 5 hours, in the current heat you will need to carry double if not triple your usual amount of water!!
As always proper walking boots with a deep tread are a must, gaiters would be beneficial in places, and walking poles are always a good idea.
The views over Belfast are spectacular you might want to take binoculars to check out all the landmarks!!
There is also an amazing variety of plant life, as we walk through the different terrains, wild orchids, flax irises and wild mint to name only a few.
As this is a long walk and factoring in travel time of an hour in each direction, I can’t see us home before 6. As always the earlier we get away from the Gap the sooner we will get walking so the bus will be leaving at 10.15 sharp!
There are still places available let me know if you’re interested, £6 per person.
Paula

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