Clarke welcomes excellent visitor figures for Castlewellan mountain bike trails

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Alliance Down Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the figures released by Down District Council that revealed over 4,000 mountain bikers are visiting Castlewellan Forest Park mountain bike trail centre each month.

Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “I am very pleased that the figures regarding visitor numbers for the mountain bike trails at Castlewellan Forest Park have surpassed all expectations.

“Since only opening a few short months ago, initial visitor figures indicate that over 4,000 mountain bikers are visiting each month.

“It is a very welcome economic boost to the local economy with mountain bikers spending money in the hospitality outlets as well as booking accommodation and visiting the local shops and businesses in Castlewellan.

“Castlewellan Forest Park has so much recreation and tourist potential. The recently opened mountain bike trails forms an important part of the long term tourism strategy plan of Down District Council to promote one of the best historic tourist attractions, which through lack of investment by the Forest Service has been badly neglected for years.

Clarke added, “Following the success of the mountain bike trails, I would encourage people to also visit the Peace Maze, Walled Gardens, Arboretum, Lake, Grange buildings and Courtyard in Castlewellan Forest Park.”

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