CAVEHILL and MORE, Belfast, Saturday 20th April – Grade B

Starting the walk just outside the main door of Belfast Castle we follow the marked Cavehill Trail up to McArt’s Fort (368m).  From there we strike out towards Collinward Hill (360m) (the carn mostly lost to a mast) passing through Glas-Na-Bradan (stream of the salmon) Wood where you can see neither the wood nor the trees.  Continuing through Ballyaghagan Nature Reserve and Carr’s Glen we hope to reach the source of the Farset River (on which Belfast was built) marked by the ‘Origin’ sculpture. We then pick up the Cavehill Trail again and return to Belfast Castle.
This is an undulating route with a cumulative climb of 420 meters and will take 4-5hrs.
Terrain varies with solid stone paths, mountain roads and pads through grassland.  Expect lots of muck.
Boots absolutely essential.  Poles very useful.  Gaiters if you wish.
Car parking and toilets available. And a COFFEE SHOP just recently re-opened.

Getting there:
Leaving Omagh L.C. at 9.30am, regrouping at Ballygawley Roundabout lay-by.
Then M1, Westlink exiting at Clifton Street going left at the lights towards Carlisle Circus roundabout.  Taking the 3rd exit onto Antrim Road continuing to Inisfayle Park turning left following the signs for Belfast Castle.

If arriving from other directions we will meet at the main door of the castle for 11.15am start.

Any queries contact Mary on 078 6775 4593

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