Horseriding boost for Galloway Forest Park

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21 MAY 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15467

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Forestry Commission Scotland has installed a number of specially designed horse gates in key forest locations across Galloway Forest Park.

The access improvement is part of a drive by the Commission to grow the tourism potential in the Park through a number of recreation improvements.

Ten gates in all have been created for horseriders but they can also be used by walkers and cyclists.

The work was carried out in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Access Forum.

Lucy Hadley, recreation ranger with Forestry Commission Scotland in the Galloway area said:

“We are keen to strengthen Galloway’s reputation as a key destination for horseriding. Building specifically designed gates to help riders should be a welcome boost. 

“Working with the Access Forum, we think we have identified the best places where horse gates will make a big difference.

She added:

“The Commission is investing in a number of recreation projects in Galloway Forest Park, including the new £4.5 million visitor centre project. We reckon all these improvements will help grow the tourism market and bring extra money into the local economy.”

A few of the new gates are located in Glentrool Forest where they are expected to also be popular with walkers heading out to the Galloway Hills or cyclists going towards Clatteringshaws on the 7stanes Big Country route. 

Cally Wood in Gatehouse of Fleet and sites at Loch Stroan and Loch Skerrow have the gates installed too.

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