Carron Valley trails gear up for Easter weekend

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30 MARCH 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15393

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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting Lanarkshire/Stirlingshire
residents to roll along to Carron Valley Forest as all its biking and
walking trails are fully re-opened now in advance of an expected  busy
Easter weekend.
Home to one of central Scotland's most exciting mountain bike trails,
Carron Valley has a number of short, simple routes as well as more
challenging forest trails suitable for keen cyclists and walkers of all
fitness levels and ages.
Since February, during the harvesting programme the Commission has been
upgrading the tracks and maintaining connecting roads to increase public

Cycling enthusiasts and fans of the popular Cannonball run will notice a
significant upgrade of its surface and the addition of new technical
features - drop offs, rollers and berms - designed to get hearts racing
while admiring the stunning views.

The Runway, the fast flowing freeride-style track, will close again from
10th of April until the summer to allow the safe harvesting of
neighbouring trees. All other forest roads and paths will remain open to
cyclists, ramblers and dog walkers.

Peter Mitchell, Community Ranger at Forestry Commission Scotland said:
"We appreciate the necessary closures during the upgrade have been an
inconvenience but we've been hard at work to create a better attraction
for everyone to enjoy.

"We know the milder weather makes for a great walk or cycle among the
trees so we hope visitors to the forest will come along over Easter to
explore our new paths and realise how close they are to the perfect
woodland setting."

Visitors to Carron Valley are advised to take care when trying out the
new Cannonball route, allowing time to familiarise themselves with the

For any queries about the Carron Valley Mountain Bike Trails, please
contact Scottish Lowlands Forest District on 01555 660190.

Notes to news editors

1.    Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's
Environment & Forestry Directorate.

Media enquires to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.