New cycling route opens at Pantmaenog Forest nr Rosebush
(Date Posted 12/04/2011)
Miles of walking, cycling and horse riding opportunities have been opened up this week in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Environment and Sustainability Minister, Jane Davidson, opened eight miles of sign-posted off-road tracks at Pantmaenog Forestry, near Rosebush.
The routes wind through a diverse forestry landscape, with new planting mixed in with mature conifers, and climb up to 1,400 ft above sea level to provide spectacular views of the National Park and beyond.
The opening is the result of an agreement reached between the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the forestry landowners, Mr and Mrs Holding.
Opening the paths, the Minister said: "This project is an excellent achievement and shows what can be accomplished when authorities, such as Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, work with landowners to provide access opportunities.
"Circular routes such as these in Rosebush, with car parking and other amenities provide the opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy these beautiful areas."
The project was funded partly by a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government under the Rights of Way Improvement Plan funding programme.
National Park Access Manager Anthony Richards said: "The opening of these new tracks is great news for walkers, cyclists and horse riders living in and visiting Pembrokeshire.
"There is a need to create more off-road cycling and horse riding opportunities in the National Park and by doing so in Pantmaenog Forestry - in partnership with the landowners - we are realising the area's potential for enabling people to enjoy a part of the National Park where previously there was very little public access."
The Park Authority has built a new car park at the forestry entrance for the benefit of horse riders, with the existing car park at Rosebush village being the main access for cyclists and walkers.
The Park Authority will manage the routes and has installed information panels at every access point to Pantmaenog Forestry.
Leaflets to guide people around the forestry will soon be available at local outlets and you download the route from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park web site
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