by Dave Anderson
On the outskirts of Belfast, the Barnett Demesne Trails & Jumps Park offer a compact network of XC trails and the first official dirt jumps park in Ireland. The XC trails alone are a fantastic resource for locals and a great addition to a city break in Belfast however the 6 line jumps park is a ‘must visit’ for all the adrenaline junkies amongst us.
This is a 3.4km (1.7km each way) linear mountain biking and walking trail runs parallel to the meandering River Lagan and is wide with gentle inclines, making it ideal for young families and those giving mountain biking a go for the very first time.
Blue Trail | 95% singletrack
This blue trail consists of tight, winding singletrack perfect for beginners with a bit more confidence right through to experienced riders. There are three red options off this trail which boast a number of more technical trail features including elevated boardwalk, log rides, berms, rock gardens, rollers and drops.
Ireland’s first official dirt jumps park boasts no less than six lines of mouth-watering table-tops, doubles, hip jumps, berms and booters, this is the place to catch air for the very first time or flip and whip your way to X Games Gold.
These trails start from the Mary Peters Athletics Track where mountain bikers can avail of toilets and shower facilities. Postcode: BT9 5PR.
Distance to other trail centres in Northern Ireland
Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails – 26 miles
Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails – 43 miles
Davagh Forest Trails – 60 miles
Blessingbourne Estate – 62 miles