Tuesday 23 July 2019

Mountain bikers could close wood walk route

The recently opened and much acclaimed Belnumber Wood at King William's Glen in Tullyallen could be closed to walkers.

The threat has come after some mountain bikers decided to use it as a cycling route, causing a real risk of injury to someone walking on the path.

Coillte contacted the Tullyallen Access the Glen Committee the news that they may be forced to close the walk.

They explained that some mountain bikers have been ignoring the signs, which ban bikers from using the stretch.

They say, 'if this practice continues, they will have no option but to close the Walkway on Health and Safety grounds.'

The walkway is now very popular and because of the unprecedented amount of walkers that are using it, both young and old, Coillte fear that an accident will happen in the near future.

A statement from the Access the Glen states that they would ask all of the walkers to please encourage the bikers to use the designated routes that are available to them at the other side of the nature walk.

In fact, Coillte have even volunteered to designate an entire area for mountain bike users at the other less used side of the nature walk.

The group fear 'the awful possibility that the hard fought for and much loved amenity be lost to us all.'

The route was recently added to the Irish Camino walkway and has proved incredibly popular with walkers coming from far and wide to use the walk through the historic glen area.

Drogheda Independent