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      This region is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

      Unsanctioned riding area in cavehill forest park. Trails are unofficial built by local riders, ride at own risk.

      Lots of steep, twisting single track descents, bumps and jumps through the trees, dozens of options. Great descents off the summit to both north and south, including the fantastic "quarry trail".

      Getting onto the quarry trail - summit Cave Hill, and look out over Belfast. To your right there is a single-track path that follows the ridge - follow it. It follows to the right for a long way, and eventually you go through a stream, over a wee cattle grid and along a fence. At this point, turn down the hill and turn left following the track, or look up the hill and you will see a faint path that will take you back to path from the Hightown Road carpark, back to the summit.

      Another great option (but pretty technical at the top): just behind the Napoleon's Nose (view over Belfast) at the bottom of the steps, there is a black iron marker post. Head over the edge here, but be careful! You can pick your way down if you are confident and have good balance, and once things flatten out, stay to the right, and you are onto a fantastic twisting singletrack through the trees, pretty much the whole way down to the castle. Very rooty and a bit mucky when you get into the trees, so best in the dry.

      Be careful on the lower slopes of Cave Hill on the obvious walking paths, as the area, particularly the low section just above Belfast Castle, is a popular place for families / walkers, so safety and courtesy are of the utmost importance.

      There are also some fine trails on old former walking paths (now disused) close to the zoo, as shown on the marked map linked below.
      source: Trail Badger
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      AKA: Cavey
      Parking google parking directions
      This region uses the Uk/Euro style trail grading system.
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      Open on Sep 12, 2018

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      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails
      10
      Trails Mountain Bike
      7
      Trails Hike
      10
      Trails Trail Running
      10
      Total Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      2 miles
      Total Descent
      2,611 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,149 ft
      Total Vertical
      784 ft
      Photos
      130
      Ridden Counter
      102

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