Cave Hill Conservation


Guided Events for 2018

Below are listed the walking events for 2018.  If you are going on one of our walks within the Park, please be prepared for bad weather and bring footwear suitable for rough ground. Some of the walks will be moderately strenuous and some people may find them challenging. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

If you have any worries about fitness or have medical conditions which might affect your ability to walk, please talk to the leader at the start of the walk.


All activities are free.

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Saturday 14 April  1000-1300 Carr’s Glen.

Well-known local historian Henry Bell will bring us to the remains of once-thriving mills and cottages in and above Carr’s Glen. Meet at entrance to the Park on the Ballysillan Road just below Boys’ Model.

Saturday 5 May  0500-0730 Dawn chorus.

John O’Boyle will lead a dander around the Park to hear and identify birds. Specially designed for early risers! Meet at the gates to the Park at the top of Innisfayle Park.

Saturday 19 May  1000-1300 The Birds of Cave Hill.

Get up close  to some of our native birds. Licensed bird ringer Aidan Crean will catch, ring and release them and allow us to see them in beautiful detail. Meet at the Castle.


Saturday 16 June  1000-1300 Forage on Cave Hill.

Phil Simpson has a fund of practical knowledge and plant lore. We’ll walk in his company to see what useful plants we can find. Meet at the Castle.

Saturday 23 June  0400-0700 Solstice walk.

Greet the sun at dawn on a summer solstice morning before most of Belfast has stirred. Meet at the Castle.

Saturday 21 July 1000-1300 The flora of Cave Hill.

Karl Hamilton will guide us on a plant identification walk in the Nature Reserve in Ballyaghagan at the back of the hill. Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road.


Saturday 18 Aug  1000-1300 Butterflies of Cave Hill.

Cormac Hamill will lead a group along his regular butterfly transect in the expectation of finding some of the 17 species regularly found on Cave Hill. Meet at the Castle.

Friday 7 Sep 2100-2300 Bats of Cave Hill.

Aidan Crean will introduce us to these enchanting nocturnal animals during an evening dander. Meet at the Castle.

Saturday 22 Sept  1000-1300 The rocks of Cave Hill.

Kirsty Lemon is an enthusiast for her geology profession and she will delight in explaining the geological origins of Cave Hill on this walk over the hill. Meet at the Castle.

Tuesday 9 Oct 1930-2200 Cave Hill by night.

We have picked a moonless night to try to get the best view we can of the heavens (clouds permitting!) Meet at the Castle.

Saturday 20 Oct  1000-1300 The archaeology of Cave Hill.

Local archaeologist Cormac McSparron will lead a trip to the various remains on the hill from the Neolithic period to the early Christian period. Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road.


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