There was disappointment when one of Northern Ireland’s most popular parks was locked on Boxing Day.
Cars ferrying visitors drove through the main entrance of Crawfordsburn Country Park only to find their way blocked by locked gates halfway into the park.
The park’s website states that it is closed December 25 to 27, and New Year’s Day “due to Public Holidays”.
A DoE spokesman said the park was open to walkers but not to cars. The Visitor’s Centre was also closed.
An elderly News Letter reader who hoped to take his grandchildren to the park said that cars struggled to turn back in the narrow lane. He saw a disabled driver briefly hemmed in.
The reader said: “It was particularly sad that this beautiful expanse was closed on one of the most popular holiday destinations, especially as this was also one of those rare stunning sunny winter afternoons.”
Belfast City Council’s parks were open. The News Letter asked the DoE why the country park closed to cars, but they did not explain.