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“walk to the white harbor”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Blackhead Path

Blackhead Path
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Whitehead
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Whitehead
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5 reviews
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“walk to the white harbor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

whitehead would never been built but for the stone and rocks from the quarry near the white harbor carrick and city hall belfast stone also came from this point,The 300year old worker cottages are still there,and the walk way is open to the public as not many people know this is a right of way open to everyone,an amazing walk you can also cross the railway tracks and walk up the public right of way to quay lane what a view!theres so much history in this little jem of a place i would love everyone to ask some of the people who live in the lower cottages they would be more than helpfull to tell you just some of the history that goes with this wonderfull area

Visited August 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed at Blackhead Lightkeepers House for a week in May 2009. We soon found this incredible 100 yr old concrete pathway which went from our doorstep down the cliffside, through some amazing caves, and then onward about 3 miles into Whitehead. This walk along the shoreline of Belfast Lough was so beautiful that it kept us from some of the other sights. We long to return...

Visited September 2011
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7 Thank RickF5
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“A place to create memories with your grandchildren”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Blackhead Coastal Path is a hidden secret along the Antrim Coast. I particular find it the best children’s playground around for my grandchildren; I’m talking the natural type. From Blackberry Picking to going on a coastal safari at the Wren’s Eggs (leave the car park and walk towards the lighthouse; at the large stones on the sea shore called the Wren’s Eggs there are loads of rock pools at low tide).

Likewise, the grandchildren love heading into the Magic Forest (throw a derelict garden wall on the land-side of the Wren’s Eggs which leads into a small enchanted wood)s that even Enid Blyton could have used as a background for her Adventurous Five books.

My 5 year old loves the challenge of the circular path around the lighthouse especially when she gets a treat afterwards (cosmic from the Post Office) for completing it. Though, she still needs to hold my hand through the caves and not quite old enough to climb onto the Submarine Rock.

I like to start the walk by parking in the car park at the centre of the town of Whitehead (Balmoral Avenue), walk to the railway station, past the Fire Station and turn right onto the promenade. My reasoning is simply because I finish near the cafes. Alternative start points are Quay Lane (just left of the main Belfast Road before entering into the town) making it a 5 mile round trip and taking in the Nature Reserve, the Yacht Club on the promenade or the Blackhead Car Park.

Except the circular path part around the light house, this path is suitable for wheelchairs.

Visited August 2012
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7 Thank PatriciaInWhitehead
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Belfast
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3 reviews
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“Spectacular walk and views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

I walk along this path every single day. It is so beautiful no matter what the weather. If the sun shines the blue of the sea is superb, if it rains and blows a gail (as it usually does) the crashing of the waves against the rocks is even more superb. It really is a most for any keen walkers.

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6 Thank Jmcaloran
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Blackhead Path”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

An excellent spot for a walk, particularly good for dog walkers and parents with young children. Although the path is not well maintained, it is eminently usable for folk of all ages and physical abilities due to the level nature. The closed section encompasses the area below the cliff which offers fantastic views of Scotland on a clear day and can be spectacular fun when the wind and sea is rough. I would thoroughly recommend it to all. Hopefully, if funding can be found, the path might some day be linked up as it was in Edwardian times and enable walkers access all the way to the Gobbins.

Visited August 2012
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8 Thank Sam W
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