The best view of Belfast

Updated: Aug 3

Somewhere I've always attempted to get to, but have failed time and time again, is Cavehill and untimely the top of Napoleon's Nose looking over Belfast. But I wasn't gonna let it beat me, so this time with the knowledge I had and a little bit of homework, I set out to finally achieve this little goal. Standing over 368m above sea level, it dominates the landscape of Belfast from every angle. With my camera and newly acquire gimbal, I set my destination, this time for Upper High Town Road.

Winding through the many estates of North Belfast, the Cavehill Mountain looking ever imposing, until the drab grey concrete jungle of the suburbs were replaced with lush green vegetation and incredible scenes of the Belfast skyline.

I pulled into a carpark for Cavehill Country Park on the Upper High Town Road, grabbed my gear and headed for the trail head. The path was well surfaced, dotted with a few cattle grids and a little steep in places, but broken into short intervals, so you could catch your breath before the next one.

The scenes where incredible along the way, even on a dull day, like I experienced, it was still easy to spot key landmarks. Clearing the trees you were immediately blasted with the wind, which made for a pleasant cooling down on a muggy day. The final accent was gradual and it wasn't long before I reached the peak of Napoleon's Nose. I took this opportunity to capture some footage and stop for a bit of lunch.

My plan was to call it a day once I reached the summit, but I figured, while I was this far, I may as well head down to the Cave. This trail was by far much more technical than the one I just climbed and the loose gravel, made it a little bit more nerve wrecking especially for me, as I was holding onto my gear filming along the way. I had a few slips, but didn't fall!

Eventually I reached the Cave. my intentions were to reach the Cave, climb up into it and take some footage, but when I reached the foot of the Cave and having witnessed a few folk traverse it nervously, I opted for a view from below (I wasn't gonna risk climbing it with my gear lol). After, stopping for a while, I decided to call it a day and head back. The climb up to the top was very steep, but once I reached Napoleon's Nose, it was a gentle dander back to the car.

I really enjoyed the walk and will definitely be bring the family next time. I recommend doing the Upper High Town Road trail if your looking a gentle walk with rewarding views, but there much more technical trails, if you want to challenge yourself (just watch-out for Mountain Bikers!!) This particular walk from Cavehill Country Carpark to the top would take around 1hr and is well worth it.

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