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.

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  • 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.

    Zander Nisarga at 9:55 am
  • County Antrim

    Distance 3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 15

    Terrain Off road tracks

    Nearest Town Carnmoney village

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J34239 82910

    Route Type Hill, Woodland

    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.

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

    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.

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

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

    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.

    Grade 4

    • The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length.
    • The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6 degrees
    • Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width.
    • There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route.
    • Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.