Mayor welcomes International Appalachian Trail progress

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has visited part of the International Appalachian Trail overlooking Magilligan where improvement work is helping to enhance the renowned walking route.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:24 pm

Alderman Mark Fielding joined contractors Campbell Civils at the picturesque Gortmore Viewing Point to see progress on the installation of new trail furniture.

Funding of £141,684 has been secured to carry out improvements along the trail’s 114 mile stretch in Causeway Coast and Glens as part of a cross border cooperation project within the Rural Development Programme.

The works include replacing signage, way marking, information boards and repairs and upgrading of trail infrastructure at locations across the Moyle Way, Causeway Coast Way and North Sperrins Way.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding pictured at Gortmore Viewing Point with Richard Gillen, Coast and Countryside Manager

New sections are also being created to improve access for the public, with work expected to be completed this summer.

Alderman Fielding said: “I am delighted to see the development of this project, especially at a time when so many people are rediscovering the benefits of spending time exploring our Borough’s stunning environment.

“The views from Gortmore Viewing Point are simply breath-taking and I’ve no doubt that it rivals any other route of the International Appalachian Trail around the world.”

The Irish section stretches to 302 miles, running from West Donegal to Larne, taking in Binevenagh, Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim.