Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Heritage Lottery Fund manager Kevin Baird looks out over the Divis Mountain before this weekend's hike to help fund The National Trust to open Divis and Black Mountain to the public BILL SMYTH

The hills are alive with the sounds of walkers

A TEAM of Ulster walkers are pulling on their hiking boots this weekend to enjoy one of the province's most spectacular vistas, while helping to raise money to protect and manage it.

A TEAM of Ulster walkers are pulling on their hiking boots this weekend to enjoy one of the province's most spectacular vistas, while helping to raise money to protect and manage it.

The first Belfast Hills Sponsored Walk will see around 40 hiking to the top of Divis Mountain.

In conjunction with The National Trust, the Belfast Hills Partnership is offering the walkers the opportunity to participate in either a 5km or 10km hike.

The one-hour, 45-minute 5km sponsored walk is self-guided, following the tarmac road to the top of Divis Mountain to see the panoramic views of Belfast, Donegal and the coasts of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man on a clear day.

The 10km walk, which will take three-and -a half hours, will be led by a National Trust warden around Divis summit to witness panoramic views of Belfast and beyond, Lough Neagh, as well as five of the six counties of Northern Ireland.

A spokesman said: "The weather is set to be good and if the event is successful we would hope to plan an even bigger and better one for next year."

All proceeds will go towards the Belfast Hills Partnership to protect and enhance the Belfast Hills and to care for its wildlife.

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