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.
Distance 4 miles
OS Map 15
Terrain Gravel path with rough sections
Nearest Town Hannahstown, Belfast
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J272744
Route Type Hill, Mountain
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.
Minor road off the B38 Upper Springfield Road, off the A55 Outer Ring
Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk
Dogs to be kept under control
Divis Coffee BarnFree parkingToilet facilitiesAn open site with free access. Charge for guided tours onlyMobility parking spacesMobility toilet facilitiesWheelchair-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
- 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.
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Divis Ridge Trail
Great walk, even in November.
Well laid out and maintained path, not too steep a climb, only issue is dodging the cow patties!
Spectacular views, all across Belfast and beyond.
Terrific views in all directions from the top mast towards Strangford in the east, the Mournes in the south, Lough Neagh in the west and Slemish to the north. I take in the top mast off the main service road. Then drop down to the lower mast station and around the top. You may come across a herd of cows on the return leg but they’ll not bother you!! Nice National Trust cafe too near the start and a place to sit outside in warmer weather. Great aerial views of Belfast from the ridge.
I did this trail last Saturday with some colleagues from work. ~7km from Car Park. Its a really easy trail. The olders can do that and kids and dogs as well. The weather not helped us, but I enjoyed it. Around 3 hours hike.