Belfast, Northern Island

Cave Hill Country Park

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This Belfast landmark is named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, and contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including Belfast Castle. ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels.

The principal route, which is suitable for running – but challenging – is the 7.2 km (4.5 mile) circular loop that starts at Belfast Castle, following green waymarking arrows through woodland, to a plateau, along the grass path to the top of the hill and McArt’s Fort. See the attached for detailed directions and map.

Essentials
  • 7.2 km (4.5 mile) loop
  • The parks are hilly and it's hilly accessing the GW Bridge
  • Car Park - Belfast Castle
  • Car Park