If you’re heading to Dumfries and Galloway this half term, you might like to note that the forest at Dalbeattie is going to be affected by some felling operations. There will still be trails available to ride, but there will be diversions as the operations move though the forest – and it’s not possible to say in advance which bit will be closed when. The car park is also to be closed at the start of February.
Of course, there are plenty of other places to visit in the area, but now you know – don’t rock up and be disappointed!
Official PR from Forestry and Land Scotland.
Mountain bikers and other forest visitors are being advised that the Dalbeattie Richorn (7Stanes) car park will be closed at the beginning of February.
The move will allow Forestry and Land Scotland, which looks after the 7Stanes trails and the surrounding forests, to carry out harvesting operations.
It is hoped that weather permitting the operations will be completed in time to re-open the car park for Easter.
Katharina Koehler, FLS’ Area Services Visitor Manager, said;
“Unfortunately, the forests here have fallen prey to tree disease Phytophthora ramorum, which mainly affects larch, generally killing the trees.
“There is no known cure or remedy for this disease. However, felling infected trees helps to slow the movement of the disease to new, unaffected forests.
“For public safety, we will have MtB diversions in place from Dalbeattie Townwood but car parking spaces here are very limited.
“We would ask forest visitors to park with consideration to local residents and minimise any impact on businesses by parking in designated areas only.
Works are scheduled to be completed by 31 March.