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Belfast Castle and Cavehill Country Park

RegionNorthern Ireland
ClubLagan Valley Orienteers
Nearest townBelfast
PostcodeBT15 5GR
Carpark locationBelfast Castle carpark. OSNI Grid Ref J328792

Available Maps

For generations, Cave Hill has been synonymous with Belfast, with its imposing outline visible throughout the city. The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including Belfast Castle.

Survey notes from November 2019:

  • Orienteering posts 2, 7, 8, 9 and 16 are missing.
  • Orienteering post 12 is on the south side of the gully, not the top of the gully.
  • Orienteering post 13 is located approx 50m NW at a path junction.
  • Orienteering post 15 is at the bottom of the re-entrant, not the top of the re-entrant.

Other Things to do in the Area

Perfect for homeschoolers, try the Ecotrail. Download:

Survey notes from November 2019:

  • Ecotrail posts E5, E6 and E7 are missing.
  • A new viewpoint area has been constructed at the location of Ecotrail pots 5.

The park is home to the Cave Hill Adventurous Playground.

Maps Available From

Belfast Castle, Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 5GR Tel: 028 9077 6925

Download the orienteering map and orienteering info page (see above)

There is an alternative permanent orienteering course established by Belfast Hills Partnership. This course uses square plaques which may be on the ground, on a bench or on a post. These maps are available for download here.

Further Information

  • Loops and stars exercises available for groups
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience