Divis Heath Trail

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Divis Heath Trail, Belfast, is a four mile route that traverses blanket bog, taking in the northern end of the Divis and Black Mountain site. This is a route around the northern slopes of Divis where turf was once extracted, offering views of Slemish Mountain. It can be wet underfoot.

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  • Normally very wet but currently mostly dry given the unusual weather in Spring 2020; for the moment, you could walk this in a pair of trainers and they’d only get mucky underneath, and even then not much. Don’t try that in winter, though!!! Easy to follow the path if it isn’t misty, the ground is more obviously eroded along the most heavily walked route than elsewhere. Very beautiful and for the most part even the dimmest roar of Belfast traffic noise is completely inaudible; larks and corncrakes are very much audible. Lovely views across the meadows of South Antrim to Lough Neagh and the Sperrins, with especially beautiful sunsets in that direction. Easily accessible from Robin’s Well if you’re coming from the Shankill/North Belfast side of the hills.

    Gerry at 1:34 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 4 miles

    OS Map 15

    Terrain Stoned road, heath and bog trail

    Nearest Town Hannahstown, Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J27198 74411

    Route Type Hill, Mountain

    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. Go through the access gate and turn left onto the Tipperary Road. Follow the waymarked posts when you reach the end of Tipperary Road, linking across the open hill, to the end of Standing Stone Road. Turn right and follow the Standing Stone Road until it reaches the access road for the transmitter mast on Divis. Turn left here and follow this access road to a junction with the main access road. Turn right here to return to the Long Barn.

    Point of Interest

    Divis Mountain

    Getting to the start

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

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs are allowed. Dogs to be kept under control


    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

    The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

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

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.