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This walk explores the green surroundings of Cave Hill Country Park in Belfast, home to the famous city landmarks of Cave Hill and Belfast Castle.
Located in the north of the city overlooking the Irish Sea, Cave Hill Country Park is named after five caves – thought to be old iron mines – on the side of the main Belfast cliffs.
With rich grasslands, moorland, heathland and woodland; roaming livestock; beautiful picnic spots and – of course – the prominent landmark of Cave Hill; this is a great place to escape the busy city streets and lose yourself among nature.
You’ll be rewarded with great views across the city and visit fascinating archaeological sites including McArt’s Fort, which marks the 368m summit of Cave Hill. From the top of Cave Hill you get great views across the entire city, plus the Isle of Man and Scotland on clear days.
A feature of Cave Hill you don’t have to reach the summit to appreciate, though, is the basaltic outcrop of ‘Napoleon’s Nose’, which is said to resemble the legendary French military leader
This route was voted 97th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Like Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Cave Hill Country Park is a natural oasis on the edge of a busy city. The scenery is breathtaking!
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