Black Mountain walk

Walking trail

A great mixture of environments to explore: tarmac roadway towards the masts; wooden boardwalk across the bog to the summit of the Black Mountain and open countryside across the top of the Black Mountain and Black Hill.

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Car park, Divis Road


From the entrance, head towards the Divis transmitter mast. Follow the wooden boardwalk to the right, onto the summit of the Black Mountain, marked by a trigonometry pillar.

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Walk straight down from the summit towards Belfast to the fence line, turn right and head to the summit of the Black Hill in front of you.

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Negotiate the stile beside the field gate. Proceed with the fence line on your left.


Continue until you are upon the telegraph poles and the fence takes a sharp left. Head left (11 o'clock) to the trigonometry pillar on the summit of the Black Hill.


With the trigonometry pillar to your back (facing away from the city), head straight down the hill.


Pass over the walled remains of the old Gamekeeper's Cottage.

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Onwards, cross the fence line at the stile beside the old mill dam. This dam was one of two feeder dams on the Collin River that provided a steady water source for McCances Mill in the townland of Suffolk, near Belfast. Turn left, facing 10 o'clock, and continue.


Pass through the kissing gate to enter the main car park, finishing this circular route.


Car park, Divis Road

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Allow about 3 hours for this 5 mile (8km) walk, following tarmac roadway and wooden boardwalk, open heath and blanket bog. Moderate terrain, tending to get boggy at the end of the walk. Dogs welcome. Please keep off a lead, as livestock in fields. No dog bins so please take dog litter home.

Black Mountain walk

Contact us

Telephone: 028 9082 5434


Black Mountain walk

How to get here

Divis Road, Hannahstown, BT17 0NG
By road

Access from M1 onto A55 (signposted Falls). Access from Divis Road, off Upper Springfield Road. Signposted from Monagh Road.

By foot

Access via Divis Road, Hannahstown, BT17 0NG.

By bus

Arriva bus routes Ulsterbus no. 106 between Belfast (Europa Bus Station) and Crumlin via Hannahstown, alight Upper Springfield Road.

By bicycle

Access via Divis Road, Hannahstown, BT17 0NG.

Black Mountain walk

Facilities and access

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