Get Outdoors For Summer: Easy Hill Walks


Our Get Outdoors For Summer guide continues today with a look at hills that are family friendly. These are peaks that offer incredible panoramic views and a wonderful sense of achievement yet are perfect for beginners and youngsters.

So get your hiking boots and sun lotion on and pack your water and picnic . . . here’s the Greenbelt Guide to Easy Hill Walks.

Slemish, Ballymena

This circular route in County Antrim may be only 1.2 miles long and take less than an hour to complete, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the breath-taking views.

Local folklore says the mountain is where Saint Patrick spent six years as a slave, herding livestock for the local chieftain – but today there’s only a wonderful sense of freedom as you follow the rocky terrain to the summit at 1437ft.

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

Known by locals as the mini-mountain, this is the perfect destination for a family fitness day out. Explore a network of trails in the country park all the way to the summit at 814ft.

The paths are waymarked and suitable for walking or cycling. And leave time too to navigate your way through the rhododendron labyrinth.

Moel Tryfan, Gwyneth

At just over 1400ft tall, Moel Tryfan is not the grandest hill in Snowdonia but the leisurely walk from the village of Rhosgadfan to its peak is extra special.

Not only does it reward walkers with a magnificent panorama you’ll be following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who visited here to study glaciology in 1842.

Ord Ban, Cairngorms

Climbing from the iconic Loch an Eilein, this is one of the Cairngorms’ best-kept secrets. Located in Rothiemurchus Forest, this is a small hill standing proud among the mighty Scottish peaks.

The path can sometimes be partially hidden by heather so take care ascending and descending: the views will be worth it.

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