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Help reduce the spread of tree disease

Posted on June 14, 2013 @ 2:40 PM in Mountainbiking

Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails have unfortunately been affected by an outbreak of 'Larch disease', the infection caused by Phytophthora ramorum. The trails will reman open with diversions in place from Tuesday 18th June 2013.

As a measure to reduce the risk of further spread of the disease, 100 hectares ( a hectare is approximately the size of a football pitch) of trees will be felled within Castlewellan Forest Park.

Mountain bikers can continue to act responsibly to help reduce the risk of a further spread of the disease by:

Adhering to trail diversion signs

All current diversions to the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails are indicated on MountainBikeNI.com.  Adhering to trail diversion signs will not only stop you riding through infected areas but also avoid heavy felling machinery.

Wash your bike

Forest Service NI and the Northern Ireland Mountain Bike Alliance have produced the following flyer outlining the simple steps to take



Thanks for your support


Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

4 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Jonathan Seath on June 27, 2013 @ 9:24 PM

I really enjoyed the trails at Castlewellan. Is there any idea when all the trails will be reopened?

Posted by Land Rover Bikes on July 4, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

As Johnathan said, they were really nice.. Any news as of now?

Posted by Chris on July 4, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

We met with Forest Service yesterday (3rd July) for an update and so the diversion is now located at waymarkers 19 & 36 - we are just updating the map as we speak. There will be diversions of some kind for the duration of July and August however felling is progressing well and so we hope to be able to open up more sections of the trail soon - this will continue on a rolling basis.

Posted by Jonathan Seath on July 5, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

Thanks. I'm spending a few days at Castlewellan at the beginning of August. I was hoping all the trails would be open. Well, at least most will be open.

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