Cycling in forests
There are many recreational facilities for family cycling and mountain biking in several forests. Cycling in forests is also free from the dangers of dense traffic.
Anyone wishing to organise a cycling based event must arrange this through the forest recreation manager based at Inishkeen House, Enniskillen.
Organised cycling events may be held if there is a licence agreement and upon submission to Forest Service of a satisfactory management plan.
A fee will be charged for licence agreements to cover staff time involved in site meetings. An administration fee is also payable.
Castlewellan Forest Park
Follow the signs around Castlewellan Lake and you'll come across features such as sculptures, magnificent woodland, the National Arboretum and Castlewellan Castle. You'll also find some picnic spots.
The path is flat and wide and suitable for all cycling abilities.
Cyclists should be aware that this is a working forest environment and that they may meet forestry vehicles, including timber lorries. The Lake cycle path is also shared with anglers’ cars during the fishing season, from 1 March to 31 October.
Castle Archdale Forest
Enjoy a cycle along the Lough Erne shore. There is lots to see and do within the forest and the neighbouring country park as the cycle route runs through both areas.
Gosford Forest Park
This route follows forest tracks and a section of purpose made trail. It passes many interesting control points, including the Arboretum, the old gate lodges, the red deer enclosure and a rare animal breeds section.
Cyclists should be aware that this is a working forest environment and that they may meet forestry vehicles, including timber lorries.
Gortin Glen Forest Park
There are three cross country mountain bike trails situated in the northern section above the Glenpark Road of Gortin Glen Forest Park. The trails are waymarked and graded as 'basic', 'moderate' and 'expert'. They travel through a variety of forest roads, tracks and woodland sections with different gradients.
The Basic trail is mostly along forest roads with a short section through woodland. It is most suited for families and less experienced mountain bikers.
The Expert trail travels mostly on off-road sections through woodland with some steep gradients and is suitable only for experienced riders.
Cyclists are requested to adhere to the personal safety requirements posted at the start of these trails situated off the Lisnaharney Road. Parking is provided in the main car park.