A planning application submitted by Mid Ulster District Council is the first step towards further investment in the Davagh Mountain Bike Trails in Northern Ireland.
Additional red and blue trails, plus a jump trail are being proposed.
Located approximately six miles north west of Cookstown, Davagh Forest currently features a mix of green, blue and red trails and a pump track.
While the red trail offers 16km of riding, the new proposals will seek to substantially increase the size of the park.
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 6 new routes through the forest, the blue trail will see 5 additional routes added.
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…
“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.”
Already boasting some incredible landscape, it should bring it in line with trail centres at Castlewellan and Rostrevor.
We’re looking forward to see this develop further.