Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Plan for Strangford and Lecale AONB

Client: Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership

The Challenge

To prepare a sustainable outdoor recreation plan for Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area.


The Role

We delivered the following components of the project:

  • An assessment and description of current¬†outdoor recreation
  • Consideration of potential future opportunities for outdoor recreation through:
    • compilation and amalgamation of previous relevant strategic plans and feasibility studies
    • incorporation of findings on Audit of Access to Strangford Lough¬†and extend to entire AONB coastline
    • identification of potential to
      • develop walks around Strangford Lough
      • develop quiet country roads and green lanes for walking and cycling
      • extend and improve the Ulster Way in the area
  • Development of recommendations relating to signposting, interpretation, guidance, on-line information
  • Development of recommendations¬†for sustainable outdoor recreation relevant to current and potential activities
  • Undertake a Habitat Regulations Assessment of the recommended system of access relevant to Strangford Lough

Project Funders

  • Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership
  • Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland Environment Agency)
  • Sport NI