December 11, 2001
5 of 5
Once a week
Reviewed by: Ciara
, from Glengormley, Belfast
Brilliant for both climbing fanatics and downhill maniacs. Singletrack along both the north and south faces is fast and furious - not for the faint hearted - steep and technical in many places.
The gravel paths are fast, but not too technical and some of the wider and more gentley sloping singletracks available make it a good place for both intermediate and experienced ridres - the climbs are more likely to kill!! The area is very busy at the weekends as it is the main country park that services North Belfast, as such take care of other users i.e walkers, dogs, cows etc
Enter Cavehill country park through the Belfast Castle entrance, following road until the trail up through the trees becomes apparent on the left. Follow the gravel path upwards until trail begins to level out at a wide right hand corner. At this point the gravel path continues, however take a small singletrack trail to the left, heading upwards along a flint trail towards turnstile over a small stream. Follow walker/mtber trail on up, passing over three further cattle grid/turnstiles until you meet the rear access road for the summit of the hill. Follow the gravel climb up to summit (Napolean's Nose). At this point take the small singletrack path that doubles back towards the castle along the south face of the hill. This will take you back to lower reaches, go back to summit as before. At summit you can either head back along the north face of the hill or go west towards radio mast following another singletrack trail downhill over heather. At base of this trail turn left, following contour - brings you to main north facing trail along Cavehill. At base of this continue towards Glengormley going downhill over tunrstile and small river following a very narrow and steep singletrack. At base of this join old cobbled path turning right again and following down towards Belfast Zoo. At this point you can decide to go home (NOT) or follow the path back uphill behind the Zoo to the base of Napoleans Nose and the caves, from this you can go back up taking trail below the caves to the summit, or follow numerous small singletrack trails through the forest, all lead down to main road - TIME: 2 - 3 hrs.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Woodburn Forest, Carrickfergus