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Belfast Hills Area
Maximum height for area: 478 metres,   Summits in area: 10,   Maximum prominence for area: 380 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 15, 20, 21 For all tops   Highest summit: Divis, 478m
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Cave Hill Hill Antrim County, in no lists, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 368m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 15 Grid Reference: J32336 79719 This summit has been logged as climbed by 43 members. Recently by: eflanaga, Kapty, stang, mazamegaza, sandman, PPruz, susanc, jlk, DrMonkfish, AntrimRambler, maryt, pdtempan, trostanite, Garmin, wicklore
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Longitude: -5.950682, Latitude: 54.648237 , Easting: 332336, Northing: 379719 Prominence: 94m,   Isolation: 3.5km
ITM: 732256 879712,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CvHl, 10 char: Cave Hill
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Lower Basalt Formation)

Cave Hill is the second highest hill in the Belfast Hills area and the 1016th highest in Ireland. Cave Hill is the second most westerly summit in the Belfast Hills area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cave Hill in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: Approaching Mc Art
 
A short but rewarding climb
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman,  27 Jan 2014
This route lies within Cave Hill Country Park and follows in the main good gravel or grass tracks. Start from a small car park just before Belfast Castle J330791 A and climb up the path on the left . At a junction go right and continue up through the trees bearing left at any further junctions to gain an open flat area with fine views down over Belfast Lough. Continuing on take the next path to the left and go clockwise around a steep-sided depression and passing below the largest cave . Climb steadily up to a cattle grid and fence and take the path going left. This leads up to the top of the hill and a large steep sided promontory dominating the view ahead. Though not the top of the hill this is the site of a former ancient defensive fort. At the point where the path passes a track going up left to the promontory, site of Mc Art's Fort, turn directly right of the main track and go WNW up a narrow but well defined rough path to the high point of the hill some 100 metres along and marked by a small but ancient cairn. On the way back down be sure to visit Mc Art's Fort for splendid views down over Belfast and, in good visability, out across County Dowm to the distant Mournes and Slieve Gullion. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1083/comment/15327/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cave Hill in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: Looking up on the ascent from the West.
Easy but satisfying hill
by Aidy  10 Jan 2014
Nice to see Cave Hill, also known as Ben Madigan, making it on to the list. I climbed this in September 2013 on a hot, sunny afternoon from the car park at Belfast Castle. There were clear paths from here through the woods to the foot of the cliffs where the caves can be seen. I continued walking, bearing North of the cliffs, still on clear, well used paths which gave an easy route to the summit and McArt's Fort. There are expansive views from the top over Belfast, and I could make out Scrabo Tower and the Mournes through the haze. I continued Southwards along the top of the cliffs taking me on a circular route down the other end of the hill, through the woods and back to Belfast Castle. There was a multitude of paths in this part of the woods and it did get a bit confusing, but you almost inevitably reach the road to the castle at some point. Fortunately, there are plenty of hikers, dog walkers, joggers etc. around for directions if you're stuck, at least there were in the fine weather that day. Definitely worth a climb and inclusion here. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1083/comment/15769/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cave Hill in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: Summit Area.
 
1000th Irish Summit.
by sandman  28 Oct 2015
Parking at the Cave Hill Country Park car park on the Upper Hightown Road J3106779258 B allowed an easy ramble to the summit at J3233679719 C adjacent to Mc Arts Fort. Fantastic park with great views and in the future as i drive thru Belfast i will always have the memory not only of Cave Hill but also some of the previous 999. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1083/comment/18376/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cave Hill in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyb0-wn5M_A
A Gerry McVeigh Film
by CaptainVertigo  28 Feb 2015
If you have any notion of heading up Cave Hill you really need to watch Gerry McVeigh's YouTube film - A Winter's Day on Cave Hill. Now I better tell you that this is ART from beginning to end. It's just beautifully filmed. The guy is getting better and better. The filming which took place on New Year's Eve involves acute observation and careful composition.

A Winter's Day on Cave Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyb0-wn5M_A

Meanwhile for something completely different. Belfasti Tours have produced an old fashioned info film full of archaeology, history and interesting facts. Called Napoleon's Nose by the locals, Dean Swift was inspired by the shape of a giant's head on the hill to write Gulliver's Travels. Numerous Stone Age artifacts have been found on the hill, including flint arrowheads. The summit cairn is believed to be a neolithic burial mound 5000 years old. The remains of several ringforts (raths) can be traced on the hill. A stone cashel on the summit used to house both families and their livestock. There are five ancient man made caves on the hill from which its name derives. Wolfe Tone and his supporters met at the summit to pledge their troth to the cause of Ireland. MacAirt's summit fort can still be seen. It was the site of the coronation seat of the O'Neills of Clandeboye.

Cave Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKvFZ-gtnVw Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1083/comment/17864/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cave Hill in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: Belfast from "Cave" Hill
 
Upper Hightown Road approach
by jlk  9 Jul 2015
Shorter, more immediate panorama track. Man-made cave with heavenly view. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1083/comment/18175/
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