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Summer Days at Davagh Forest

Posted on August 22, 2013 @ 1:07 PM in Mountainbiking

Thousands of mountain bikers have been enjoying the Davagh Forest Trails powered by Chain Reaction Cycles this summer and with a brand new skills park and pump track set to open next month, this National Trail Centre is due to grow from strength to strength.

As Davagh Forest’s first summer draws to a close, MountainBikeNI.com caught up with Craig McCullough, Managing Director of official trailhead provider Outdoor Concepts, to hear a bit more about why so many mountain bikers from far and wide have taken such a shine to this quiet corner of the Sperrin Mountains.

Davagh Forest Trails

So Craig, firstly congratulations for being awarded the contract to provide bike hire and tuition courses from the Davagh Forest trailhead. How have you found this first summer?

First of all I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cookstown Council for putting their trust in us to operate the Davagh Trailhead. The first summer has exceeded all our expectations and there has been a real positive feel around the Davagh Trailhead- from regular mountain bikers to first timers. With plans in place for further developments it is a really exciting place to be at the minute. The new pump track and skills area opens in a few weeks and who knows what comes next! We are now starting to roll out our Skills Classes and Mountain Biking Kids Club.

Davagh Forest Trails

Being based at the trailhead, you must get to chat to folks before and after they head out on the trails. What are people’s first impressions when they arrive at Davagh Forest and how does this compare after their day on the trails? 

Normally folks have done a bit of research online or by speaking with other mountain bikers before they arrive so they know they are going to have a good time. General feedback is that people love the long flowing red runs. They are then voting with their feet as they keep on coming back.

Outdoor Concepts Davagh Forest Trailhead

So what is it about Davagh Forest? What do you think sets these trails apart from other trail centres in Northern Ireland? 

The Davagh Trails were always going to be different to Castlewellan and Rostrevor as they had a different design team. This simply enhances the Northern Ireland-wide mountain biking product. In short bikers simply LOVE the Davagh Forest Trails – long flowing red runs, not that much of a steep climb and of course the iconic Eagle Rock and Boundary Rock are amazing trail rock features.

Eagles Rock on the Davagh Forest Trails

Davagh Forest is a Cookstown District Council facility. Visit the Davagh Forest Trails Page for more information including interactive mapping, detailed route descriptions and up to date trail conditions as well as a whole host of MTB-Friendly places to stay, eat, drink and relax in the local area.

You can also keep an eye on the Outdoor Concepts Facebook Page for all the latest information from the trailhead including workshops, bike hire and special offers.


Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland ...it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

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