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Black Mountain, Belfast

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Black Mountain is a large hill which overlooks the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland.The mountain is one of the most prominent features of the city, towering above most of west Belfast. It reaches a height of 1,275 ft and is composed of basalt with limestone underneath, as is Cavehill further north. There have been flint finds in the area, which also contains raths, deserted farms and overgrown paths joining the fields and homesteads and trails scattered over the mountain. On a clear day there are views of Strangford Lough, the Mournes and the Sperrins, as well as Scotland and Donegal.There is a well-known field located on the Black Mountain, this is called the 'Hatchet Field', it is so called because it is in the shape of an old-fashioned hatchet. Also located on top of the mountain (Wolfe Hill) is a police barracks belonging to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Black Mountain transmitting station which is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility. One way to proceed up the mountain is by the 'Mountain Loney,' a path leading up the mountain and across the 'Hatchet Field'. This path is found adjacent to Dermot Hill, a housing estate in west Belfast, and is popular with walkers and tourists.For many years people have lobbied for the preservation of the Belfast Hills, hoping to bring an end to many years of quarrying. The quarry is steep and deeply excavated and the basalt from it is used mostly for road stone.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Handy parking area, good paths, well signposted to different walks, even coffee to finish. suitable for all abilities  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    This is a good place for a walk. It is suitable for all abilities. You can park in the National Trust car park (free) or beside the Barn. Good maps, toilets and cafe available. Walk is suitable for mo...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    My thanks and praise to Jenny at the Black Mountain & Divis National Trust attraction for saving the day last Tuesday, 15th August. While out walking to the spectacular Black Mountain view point over ...  more »

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