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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Route Location


This route takes you around the upper & lower ponds, with fantastic views over the Belfast Hills.

CountyAntrimDistance1.4 miles
Nearest TownBelfastOS Map15
Route TypeParkland and GrasslandRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)J333765
Public RoadsOff Public RoadGrid Ref (End)J333765


Surfaced paths with slight hills

Point of Interest

Excellent views of Cave HIll and Belfast
Birdlife on the ponds

Route Description

The surfaced path forms a circular route around the park and can be enjoyed from any of the entrances.

Starting from Queen Mary's Gardens entrance, on corner of Cavehill Road and Antrim Road.

Keeping the lower pond on your right hand side take the path around the pond to where it meets the tree lined avenue. Turn right, pausing to enjoy the birdlife and views of Cave Hill.

At the junction with the upper pond take left turn. Continue along this path. You will pass the islands which are home to a variety of wildlife. Continue along this path and soon you will pass a small playground. At the bridge turn right and this will bring you back to the start point.

Getting to the Start

By Bike: Park can be accessed from Cavehill Road, Westland Road, Cliftonville Road or Antrim Road.
By By Bus: Metro Serives 1 A-H, 61 Cavehill Road
By Car: Main pedestrain access from Cavehill and Antrim roads, on-street parking available.


Traffic free route


Retail units locally on Antrim Road

Information for People with a Disability

This route does not have accessible toilet facilities.

Surfaced paths with slight hills.

Available Publication

A Walk In The Park, Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council, Parks Department, 028 90320202



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