Cave Hill Country Park – Case Study Approach to Natural Mountain Bike Trails

Start Date

22nd March, 2023

End Date

22nd March, 2023




Cave Hill Country Park – Access via Antrim Road – Adventurous Playground Entrance



Summary Description

This ‘walk & talk’ workshop is ideal for land managers seeking to learn more about approaches to managing natural mountain bike trails within a formal green space.

Cave Hill Country Park provides a practical case study as Belfast City Council has entered into an agreement with Cavehill Mountainbikers Club to pilot an approach to the management, inspection and maintenance of a c.600m trail known as ‘The Middle’.


ORNI assisted Belfast City Council to establish the pilot and will be joined on the day by representatives from Council and the Mountain Bike Club to discuss the practicalities of the project.




Course Description

In 2021/22, ORNI assisted Belfast City Council to establish a project which resulted in the Council and Cavehill Mountainbikers Club (CMC) agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding to pilot the use of a mountain bike trail in Cave Hill Country Park.

‘The Middle’ is a c.600m downhill trail which is managed, inspected and maintained by CMC and has been in operation since Autumn 2022.

ORNI will provide registered delegates with a video presentation in advance of the session which will focus on:

  • Context
  • Overview of Best Practice Learnings from Scotland and Wales
  • Process of establishing the project
  • Current position


This will provide essential background to allow delegates make the most out of the ‘walk & talk’ session in Cave Hill Country Park. This will be led by ORNI with support from both CMC and the Council and will provide the opportunity for Q&A and to view the practicalities first hand.

To ensure high quality engagement with delegates the session will be restricted to 20 people.

Delegates will be provided tea, coffee and buns on arrival.

Please note the ‘walk & talk’ will be a vigorous walk with ascents and descents of trails which are muddy and loose under foot. Please dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and conditions.

Course Content

Why Attend?

This workshop is designed for land managers who wish to learn more about approaches to managing natural mountain bike trails within their site.

This workshop will provide detail on the current approach at Cave Hill Country Park but will also discuss other options for consideration based on best practice benchmarking.

This event is currently subject to license.

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