Our home is fairly close to Cregagh Glen but despite having heard many good reports about how pretty it is we had never ventured there. Following my blog post earlier this week about walking the school run whatever the weather we decided to apply that same principle of getting out whatever the weather to our weekends as well. So, by 9am this morning we were kitted out in rain coats and walking boots and on our way to explore Cregagh Glen.

I can’t believe that this place is 5 minutes from my house and I’ve never been there before! How much were missing out on! Tucked in behind the Upper Knockbreda Road in east Belfast, Cregagh Glen is a perfect place to escape the city for while and get close to nature.

There are plenty of plants and bugs to keep budding ecologists fascinated for hours – we even collected some ‘prehistoric specimens’ from the forest floor to bring home for study under the microscope (afternoon activity sorted!).


My oldest son loves to climb so the many fallen trees and steep slopes were perfect for him to ‘go wild’ and burn off some energy. The forest walk is on a hillside so mum and dad got a good workout into the bargain – everyone happy, and all  for free!

So, if you ever happen to be in the area I highly recommend that you come and explore the wilder side of Belfast and take a stroll in Cregagh Glen – you won’t be disappointed. There’s been a lot of rain recently so we came home filthy – covered in mud, but our cheeks rosy and our hearts happy!


**please note: Cregagh Glen will be closed from 1 February for 7 weeks while work is carried out on walkways and bridges**

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