Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Highway to Health – Ballymena North

The total route is 4.33 km (2.69 miles) and passes through the People’s Park (12 acres of parkland donated to the people of Ballymena by Sir Shafto Adair in 1870) and the public open space of Sentry Hill as well as public paths along Doury Road, Grove Road and Ballymoney Road.

This urban walk is part of the Highway to Health Scheme – a simple and innovative scheme which aims to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health. It uses pole signs at one kilometre intervals on an established route.

 

COUNTY
Antrim

DISTANCE – 2.7 miles

STEPS – 5412

OS MAP
Sheet 9
NEAREST TOWN
Ballymena
ROUTE SHAPE
Circular
ROUTE TYPE
Highway to Health
TERRAIN
Tarmac/paving
GRID REFERENCE (START)

GRID REFERENCE (END)

Click here to download a map of the walk.

Point of Interest

Peoples Park, Sentry Hill

Route Description

A target time of 41 – 42 minutes is estimated to complete the route. However by utilising the Old Ballymoney Road (yellow dotted) that bisects the main route, two shorter walks are created.

The shorter loop traverses Sentry Hill and measures 2.62 km (1.63 miles) with a target time of 24 – 25 minutes. (East loop).

While the longer of the loops cuts through the People’s Park and measures 3.03 km (1.88 miles) with a target time of 28 – 29 minutes (West loop).

Street lighting is provided along the length of the route except the section through Sentry Hill which is also fairly steep in places.

Getting to the Start

The walks can be started at any point and walked in either direction.