Launch of new cycling and walking trails at Garvagh Forest

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson pictured with Helen Lorimer, Ulster Wildlife Trust, George Lucas, Chair of Sport NI, Sandra Moody, Garvagh Forest Strollers, John Joe O’Boyle, Chief Executive of the Forest Service and Erin Creighton, Irish Champion Mountain Biker at the launch of the Garvagh Forest trails project

NEW cycling and walking trails are proving popular at Garvagh Forest.

The local council says the new trail network provides space for walkers, runners and cyclists.

As well as an enhanced trail head and car park, the forest now offers up to 13 kilometres of waymarked walking routes.

Coupled with just over 10 kilometres of purpose built green, blue and red grade bike trail and a skills loop, the forest is well served in terms of outdoor recreation.

Speaking at the official opening of the project, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Sean Bateson, said: “This is not just an investment in infrastructure but an investment in health and our wider community.

“Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council recognises the increasing demand for outdoor recreation in our landscape and the need for this provision to be appropriate and sustainable.

“I was encourage everyone to visit the fantastic new facilities, enjoy some fresh air and experience this unique addition to Garvagh.”

Pupils from Carhill Integrated Primary School, Garvagh Primary School and St Patrick’s & St Joseph’s Primary School, Glenullin, Garvagh Strollers walking group and Carn Wheelers and Agivey Cycling Club were some of the first to enjoy the trails on the official launch.

The work was made possible due to funding from a range of funding programmes including DAERA’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme, Sport NI’s Everybody Active 2020 Programme and the Landfill Community Fund.

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