The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has visited Garvagh Forest where new walking and cycling trails are encouraging more people to get active outdoors.
Officially opened last summer, the trail network provides a welcoming environment for the public to experience the benefits of recreation opportunities within a forest environment.
Nestled on the edge of the town, walkers and joggers can explore up to 13kms of waymarked routes, while cyclists can enjoy a range of purpose-built trails.
Given the pandemic’s social restrictions, Alderman Mark Fielding said access to outdoor space is more crucial than ever.
“Garvagh Forest is a beautiful natural asset enhanced by appropriate infrastructure thanks to funding from DAERA, Sport NI and the Landfill Community Fund. The high-quality trails make it a valuable space for recreation, and we have seen its popularity grow in recent times.
“If the trailhead car park is full, I would like to remind the public that they can also avail of further parking at Bridge Street which is only a short walk away. All forest users should park responsibly and be mindful of other drivers and pedestrians at all times.
“The forest is a fantastic shared space and we want to ensure that a visit to the area remains a positive experience for everyone as we promote positive health and wellbeing within local communities.”
As a two-week circuit breaker continues to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the Mayor is also reminding people to adhere to the new regulations:
“During this time we should all try to stay at home as much as possible and only leave for essential purposes which include outdoor exercise along with education, healthcare needs or to care for others.
“By reducing our contact with others and staying at home we will reduce the spread of the infection and ultimately help to save lives.
“Please do everything you can in the weeks ahead to protect yourself and your loved ones as we continue the fight against COVID-19.”
You can find out more about Garvagh Forest by going to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com/garvagh-forest-trails/.
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