The 500-acre Millstreet Country Park, which has been closed for maintenance since February, is to re-open on Easter Sunday, March 31st with the introduction of new cycling trails. The routes- 3km and 8km in length- range from relaxed, off-road low land trails suitable for all, to more rugged and challenging terrain.
Donie Howard of Millstreet Country Park said cycle-tourism is a growing phenomenon. “There is a dearth of self-contained cycling resorts in this country, and we feel we have hit the nail on the head with this new attraction,” he said. “We’re talking to a number of cycling clubs at the moment on the cycle routes and we also have a stock of leisure bikes for hire for those that want a casual cycle around the Park along our designated leisure trail. This form of leisure is fast, safe, fun, and puts people in direct contact with nature.”
Mr Howard added that those behind Millstreet Country Park are speaking to local accommodation providers with a view to putting together a package holidays especially for cycling enthusiasts.
Upcoming events at the Park include Millstreet Walking Festival on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st; Monster Mac adventure challenge on Sunday, April 28th, and the Traditional Craft & Blacksmith Fair on Sunday, May 5th. The Park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm, and the entrance fee is €15 for a full car. – from the Cork News (22nd March 2013)
Full details on MillstreetCountryPark.com
Mairead O’Farrell from Glanmire and Cian Leahy from Millstreet explore Millstreet Country Park’s new Cycling Resort. Picture: Gerard McCarthy – from the Cork News
Cork News – Millstreet cycling resort to open at Easter (22nd March)
Irish Examiner – Cyclists back in the saddle as resort opens up at Millstreet Country Park (25th March)