Walk of the Week: Divis to Dixon Link
This walk cuts a trail from the summit of Divis Mountain to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast.
The walker will be rewarded with views over Lough Neagh, The Sperrins, Belfast, Belfast Lough from Carrickfergus to the Copeland Islands and beyond to Scotland, the Isle of Man, Cumbria and Holyhead in Wales.
From the M1 junction 2 Stockmans Lane take A55 Outer Ring (Falls). Continue over two roundabouts and from dual carriageway turn left to Upper Springfield Road.
Continue for 2.5 miles, turning right into Divis Road. After a short distance, the car park is on your left opposite the entrance to the mountain.
Ulsterbus No 106 Belfast to Crumlin via Hannahstown — get off at Upper Springfield Road and walk 0.6miles (0.9km) along Divis Road.
If parking in Divis car park, you must cross the road and walk along the tarmac road out towards the far aerial mast. Follow the road left at the fork, roughly 50 metres before this mast, up the steady slope to the summit of Divis to begin your walk.
Walk back down the tarmac road, turn left towards the mast, then turn right to walk along the plastic floating path over boggy ground.
Turn right onto the stoned path and continue up to the Black Mountain summit to view Belfast and Lagan Valley.
Continue down the slope towards Belfast until you come to the fence. Turn right and continue along this until you meet a fence in your way. Take the stile roughly 20 metres to the right and continue on the same direction as before, south along the city ‘front’ of the ridge.
Continue along boggy ground and head to the immediate right side of the second aerial mast, then follow the tarmac service road down to the Upper Springfield Road.
Go through the pedestrian entrance immediately opposite into Glenside Community Woodland.
Walk down the path, keeping left until you cross a small bridge over a stream. Follow this stream until you come to a path that leads you into Upper Colin Glen.
Take a left here and keep tight to the fenceline on your left through some muddy areas. This will take you roughly 200 metres up a gully to a crossing point across a small stream and steps leading you back down the other side of the gully. Continue to keep the fence on your immediate left.
You will come to a long set of steps heading down to the right at the end of this path. Continue down until you are in the underpass below the Glen Road.
You are now in Colin Glen Forest Park — continue down the left hand side of the river until the third bridge that takes you across and continue along the right hand side until you come to Colin Glen Forest Park Centre.
The next section is on public road footpath. Exit the car park and turn right up towards the Stewartstown Roundabout. Continue up to the roundabout and turn left down Upper Dunmurry Lane.
Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing 100 metres down from the roundabout and continue down the right hand side, turning right at the large church to continue along Upper Dunmurry Lane.
Walk over the hill and turn right into Glebe Road, continuing into Dunmurry village. Cross the Upper Lisburn Road at the traffic light just five metres to the left of the Glebe Road junction.
Turn left and go 50 metres until you come to Jubilee Park on your right — go into the path and keep along the Colin Glen River until, just before coming to a palisade fence, you turn a sharp left up a steep path which takes you to Fullerton playing fields. Walk along the side of the playing pitches until you come out at the exit to Glenburn Road, next to a play park.
Turn left up Glenburn Road and take care crossing Dunmurry Lane, then turn right and cross the bridge across the M1 Motorway. As you come round the corner at the bottom of the hill, you will see a path entrance on the other side of the lane.
Take this path, which eventually brings you up a hill to a field corner. Follow the fenceline to the left for roughly 100 metres, where the fence line turns left again.
At this corner, take a right through the woods and you will find yourself at the top of the big hill in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. Turn right, when you join the park path and walk down the hill towards the Lagan.
Walk along the left bank of the Lagan, keeping to the right until you come up to the Stables buildings. Walk around the back of them and enter the lower car park at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
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Walk Name: Divis to Dixon Link.
Area: Hannahstown, Belfast.
Nearest big town to start: Belfast.
Distance: 10 miles, linear.
Terrain/Suitability: This walk is on a variety of surfaced and unsurfaced paths and is only suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness.
Facilities: Car parking at Divis car park. Toilet, car park and cafe facilities available at Colin Glen and also in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
Walk Developed By: National Trust in partnership with Belfast Hills Partnership, Colin Glen Trust, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast and Lisburn City Councils.
Map: Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland Discovery Series sheet 5, available from LPSNI Map Shop, Colby House, Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 SBJ (lpsni.gov.uk).