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Glenariff Forest Park Waterfall Trail Re-Opened


Glenariff Waterfall Walk has been reopened to public access by Forestry Minister Michelle O’Neill.

The popular feature within Glenariff Forest Park had been closed for public safety reasons due to damage caused by the severe weather conditions from last year.

Speaking after a visit to the Park Minister O’Neill said: "Glenariff is known as the Queen of the Glens and its waterfalls have been attracting tourists for over a century. I recognise the role that the Forest Park plays in tourism within the Causeway Coast and Glens area. The Waterfall Walk provides visitors with a quite stunning experience in close proximity and with views of the Glenariff River, waterfalls, tranquil pools and rocky steep sided gorges.

"Glenariff Forest Park was badly affected by the heavy snow storms of Spring 2013, with major damage caused by tree falls and land slippage, particularly in the area along the Waterfall Walk. A major programme of work has been carried out to re-open access as quickly as possible while ensuring public safety. This involved highly complex work due to the severity of the damage and the access difficulties caused by the challenging river gorge terrain. Due to the conditions, much of this work had to be carried out by tree surgeons and engineers using specialist rope access and equipment.’’

During her visit the Minister also met with representatives from Moyle District Council to learn more about their plans for the future recreational and tourism development of forests in their area, including Glenariff Forest Park, Ballycastle forest and Ballypatrick forest.

She said: "The Council plans are aimed at unlocking the potential of forests in the Moyle area, attracting more visitors and providing opportunities for economic development through tourism and events.

“My Department is committed to work in partnership with public and private sector operators to achieve an even greater and diverse range of facilities and attractions for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Our forests offer a unique opportunity and attracting more visitors will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and on the economy of rural areas across the north of Ireland.’’

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