Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails, Castlewellan

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his project involves the development of the Mournes as a short break mountain bike destination through the development of up to 40kms of x-country and downhill trails (plus associated facilities) within Castlewellan & Rostrevor Forest Parks. Forest Service will remain the 'Trail Owner' and each of the respective Councils will become the 'Trail Provider' with responsibility for ongoing management and maintenance of the trails once complete. The trails have been designed by Dafydd Davis MBE, with input on the Downhill trails from Glyn O'Brien.

Euro Services Ltd has been appointed to complete the MTB trails within Castlewellan and Rostrevor.

Clixbys comes with a wealth of past experience in building technical mountain bike trails across GB including high-profile projects such as the 38km Dalby red route, the new Kitchener trail in Sherwood Pines and the high-level, high-exposure and high-fun Altura trail at Whinlatter complete with the Rough Riderz descent.

Work is phased across the 2 sites. Work began at Rostrevor in April 12 with completion by March 2013. Castlewellan works commenced in September 2012 with completion by April 2013.

Proposed Start Date Construction - April 2012

Proposed Completion Date Spring 2013

Project Partners Outdoor Recreation NI, Newry & Mourne District Council, Down District Council, Forest Service NI, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), Sport NI

Project Funders (Secured) Newry & Mourne District Council - £153,000

Down District Council - £170,000

Sport NI - £150,000

NITB - £1,414,691

Approximate Cost £1.894 million

Other Information Outdoor Recreation NI is working with both Councils to market the trails as part of a wider Northern Ireland Strategic Marketing Plan for Mountain Biking.
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  • This is one of the best places - you can hire bikes and suits all levels. I was exhausted after 2 hours but great fun and a good test park at the start. Did all the trails and not too scary.  more »
  • Really nice location with extensive trailhead parking area and bike wash too. Bike hire is also available up to 17.00hrs Monday to Sunday. The trail network is limited for novice riders, but the blues...  more »
  • A great place to come to for the day and more especially if you are camping. My wife and I and our 2 boys came and hired MTBs. We rode on the red blue trail which was excellent there are more challenging routes for the more experienced riders also. Come and enjoy we will be back again hopefully 🙂🚴
  • I do enjoy both walks , gardens and also we kayak there a lot. Take walking boots and enjoy. The only down side is the coffee shop, very poor.
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