Northern Ireland's first national trail centre opens

Chain Reaction Cycles launch Davagh Forest Trails

Northern Ireland's first national trail centre has been launched by online retail giants Chain Reaction Cycles. Located approximately six miles north west of Cookstown, Davagh Forest is now home to the first long-distance mountain bike trails in the country. 

Visitors can expect family mountain biking in the form of a 3km green trail and a 7.5km blue route. More experienced riders can enjoy a full 16km red graded trail – the singletrack includes berms, rock drops and slab sections and is said to take between two and three hours depending on fitness and pace.

The Davagh development is the first installment in a collaborative effort from both Chain Reaction Cycles and newly launched consumer website

Damien Duggan, marketing manager at Chain Reaction Cycles, explained: “We have been supporting the development of mountain biking in Northern Ireland for the last two decades, be it through stocking specialist brands, supporting local riders and organising high profile events. Understandably, we were therefore delighted to be a part of this exciting development alongside”

Two further developments are in the pipeline, with trail centres under construction in Rostrevor and Castlewellan County Down set to open officially later this month. More details on all the trail centres is available at

Davagh Forest Trails, now open

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
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