Slievenacloy – Ballycolin
Experience the lowland meadow and rush pasture habitats of Slievenacloy, some of the rarest grassland habitat in Ulster. The fields are alive with delicate flowers, insects & birds, and watch out in the autumn for rare grassland fungi. Dogs must be kept on a lead due to grazing animals.
Distance 1.2 miles
OS Map Sheets 14 & 15
Terrain Off-road paths, rough pasture
Nearest Town Stoneyford near Lisburn
Route Shape Circular
Grid Reference J250713
Route Type Hill
Walk south from the farmhouse down the hill towards the road following the yellow butterfly markers. At the bottom of the hill, climb over the field gate to the left & walk through the lowland meadow, following the fenceline on your right, parallel to the road.
At the intersecting fenceline, use the stile, then cross over the Stonyford stream. Follow the earth bank up the slope ahead & then through the rush pasture, watching out for wet & boggy areas! At the next fenceline, turn left following the waymarker posts north until you drop down & cross over the stile onto the surfaced track.
Turn left & follow the surfaced track west, turning left at the road junction back towards the farmhouse.
Wild orchids, Irish hare and waxcap fungi.
Dogs must be kept on leads
Visitors should park where they can find a safe spot, for example across one of the double gates at the start of the path leading to the derelict farmhouse, leaving space for tractor access. Refreshments can be bought from the Glen Colin filling station
- 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.