Walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective form of physical activity. Every adult in Northern Ireland should accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.
The Borough of Antrim & Newtownabbey is an ideal area to explore on foot. Steeped in folklore and set in tranquil countryside, the walking routes allow you to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage the Borough has to offer.
For further information on these and other local walks log on to: www.walkni.com. ‘Walk NI’ is a definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland, providing information on walks for both the serious rambler and those who enjoy a short stroll.
Carnmoney Hill is one of a chain of hills, steeped in history and biodiversity, which watch over Belfast. This woodland Trust managed site has recently been designated a Local Nature Reserve, which celebrates the value of this site for both people and wildlife. Walking trails through the site are available for all abilities, with some leading to the summit for spectacular views of Belfast Lough and beyond. While enjoying the walks, visitors will also experience ancient woodland, mature hedgerows, wetlands and open water and, if you are quiet, the wildlife these habitats support!
Monkstown Wood is a Woodland Trust owned site which consists of a linear path through a range of habitats including a river corridor, hedgerows, semi-natural woodland and open spaces. This area is a gentle walk suitable for people of all abilities and the range of habitats will allow the visitor to appreciate the importance of natural open space within this densely populated area. The range of habitats also provide an important resource and great transport corridor for our local wildlife.
The Newtownabbey Way
The Newtownabbey Way (part of the National Cycle Network Route 93) is approximately a 6.7 mile or 10.75km walking and cycling route connecting Mossley Mill with the historic villages of Monkstown and Whiteabbey, along the shores of Belfast Lough to Belfast’s oldest building, The White House.
Click on the link below for a map of the area and details of local facilities at the main points along the route.
Antrim Walking Group
The Antrim Walking group have over 100 active members. Exploring many of the hidden jewels of the Antrim countryside and beyond, the walks are free of charge, last roughly one hour and are led by trained walk leaders.
For further information contact: Sheila Thompson Tel: 07896 489 873 or Eddie Flack Tel: 07790 080 208.
Newtownabbey Walking Group in partnership with Tesco
Meeting every Monday in Tesco Newtownabbey at 10am, the short walk takes you through the picturesque Valley Park before returning to Tesco for some healthy refreshments.
Forfurther information contact: Vicki Carson Tel: 028 9334 1818 or email: [email protected]
Newtownabbey Walking for Health Group
Meeting at 10.15am on Wednesday or 7pm Tuesday evenings, everyone is welcome to join the walks. For further details contact Lynn Dunwoody (Walk Leader) Tel: 07860 699187 or email: [email protected].
Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum Walking Group
Meets Monday (for everyone) and Wednesday (men only) 2:15pm at various locations. For a copy of the walk programme or for more information call the Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum T. 028 9083 8848 or drop into their office at Baron Hall, 230 Antrim Road, Glengormley.
East Antrim Rambling Club
Founded in 1979, this club organises various programmes of walks thoughout the year including Sundays, Wednesday evenings (April - September) and Wednesday mornings (October - March).
For more information log onto www.earc.org.uk