Mayor hopes to explore ‘new trails’ following landslide

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The Mayor of Ballymoney has expressed concern after a landslide at Altarichard destroyed the Croaghan Trail.

Speaking during a recent Full Council meeting, Ald Bill Kennedy explained: “Like places elsewhere in Northern Ireland we suffered very heavy rain last weekend.

“As a result of the heavy rain we had a very serious landslide at Altarichard. I understand it was half a mile long and 70ft wide. While our car park at Altarichard is intact the Croaghan Trail which includes two quality accredited three mile and five mile self-guided walks in our “Walk Ballymoney” guide, and including all the recent Bogs of Ballymoney work were lost.

“The waymarked trail consists of open hillside, marshy upland and forest tracks with fine views and is a great loss to our tourist walks product. I hope when things settle we will be able to great round the table and explore if a new trail can be formed. The Altarichard Road is closed and we have informed people through the tourism websites that the walking trails at Croaghan Way are closed as this area is dangerous.”

In response Cllr Anita Cavlan questioned if ‘the slideslip would have affected the proposed turbines’.