Plans to expand NI mountain bike facility

Good news for mountain bike enthusiasts with plans by Mid Ulster District Council to add new trails to its popular Davagh Forest facility.

By Stanley Campbell
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 4:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 4:52 pm
Plans to expand mountain bike facility
Plans to expand mountain bike facility

A planning application has been submitted by the council as a first step towards further investment at Davagh in foothills of the Sperrin mountains.

The application includes, new blue and red grade mountain bike trails and all the necessary crossings, bridge structure and boardwalk, Gravity bike trail, Jump track, trail signage and waymarker posts.

The red trail proposes to add six new routes through the forest, the blue trail will see five additional routes added, and a new Jump track which is a fast downhill section of trail with jump features will make for a challenging and exciting addition to the facility.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan welcomed the investment.

He said: “It’s fantastic to see further investment being made into the Davagh Forest Mountain Bike Trails.

"The full planning application will see the expansion of what is already a tremendously successful mountain bike trail and wider visitor experience at Davagh Forest, with the opening of the new OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory.

"I look forward to seeing this project get started and eventually the new trails completed, which I’ve no doubt will attract many more mountain bike enthusiasts and visitors to Mid Ulster.”

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