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Davagh Forest on Track for New Trails

Oct
31
2011

Davagh Forest is set to become a top class venue for walkers and mountain bikers with an innovative network of World Class trails opening in 2012.

Architrail, led by Phil Saxena, world renowned for designing trails for the Beijing Olympics and the Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, will be following on from an initial concept plan for the forest which was drawn up in 2009.

Since then, funding of approximately £320,000 has been secured from the South West Action for Rural Development Group through the Rural Development Programme which will be used to develop a minimum of 7 miles (11.5km) of walking and mountain biking trails through this picturesque forest in County Tyrone.

This project is being delivered by Cookstown District Council in partnership with the Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN). Chairman of Cookstown District Council, Cllr Sean Clarke, commented ‘Cookstown District Councils overall aim is to create a fantastic recreational facility catering for the local population as well as attracting activity enthusiasts from further afield. We believe that Davagh Forest is an amazing natural asset and the perfect site for the creation of multi-use trails. We look forward to engaging with the local community over the coming months to put in place a great new tourism product’.

Commenting on the project, CAAN Product Development Manager, Clare Wright explains, “The 2009 concept plan outlined the great potential that Davagh holds as one of Northern Ireland’s top forests for outdoor recreation. We very much enjoyed working with Architrail on the new trails network at Blessingbourne Estate in Fivemiletown and are excited to work with Phil’s team again to realise the fantastic activity potential here at Davagh.”

Clare continues, “The next step for us is to consult with the relevant user groups who will directly benefit from these new trails and receive input from the local community.”

Cookstown District Council is hosting a public consultation in Broughderg Community Centre at 7pm on Thursday 27th October and everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about the project. Tourism Officer, Denise Campbell, explains “The event scheduled for Thursday 27th October is open to anyone who wishes to express their views relating to the proposed multi-use trails project at Davagh Forest. It is essential to the success of the project that the potential users of the proposed trails come along and take up the opportunity to input into the plans. We would also like to hear from anyone who feels they can positively contribute to the overall project’. 

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