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Davagh Trails User Group Forum Meeting, 14 November

21 Nov 2013 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)

NIMBA was requested to attend the first meeting of the Davagh Trails User Group Forum on 14 November 2013.  The purpose of the Forum is to ensure an open communication between Cookstown District Council and the various user groups of the forest.  Those present were invited to make proposals to Council following the meeting. 


On 17 November, we emailed all NIMBA members asking for feedback on the Davagh Trails, including any suggestions for improvement.


This was an open survey, meaning we didn't offer response options or guidance; we just asked people for their thoughts.  Some of the interesting stats from that survey are as follows: 

  • 75% said that what trails are there are brilliant
  • 63% called for a single-track climb on the climb known as Widowmaker
  • 54% wanted jumps of various levels of challenge
  • 50% wanted more trails, for all-day riding - currently too short
  • 42% thought they should develop some of the old natural trails
  • 25% called for more black/challenging features, drops, etc
  • 21% referenced a need for passing points on Davagh Road

There was also quite a bit of feedback about having a car park at the Bell's Pit entrance to the forest (on the south-eastern side), and this was discussed with Council separately. 


These survey results, whilst only a snapshot gathered over a 2-day period last week, are consistent with the noises we hear anecdotally from riders of Davagh.  It's always good to have hard statistics, as these are required when it comes to seeking funding, resource or priority over other things, so thank you to those of you who took part.


The Davagh Trails project has been a tremendous success so far, and we get lots of positive feedback on it.  Cookstown District Council are to be congratulated on all the hard work so far, and we look forward to Davagh just getting better and better over time.

We have passed on all the above and the other feedback received to the Council in detail, and they've said they will be in touch in due course.

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