Project Reference C-1 : Faughan Corridor Access Scheme

The River Faughan corridor Access scheme will involve the development and upgrading of path networks from the Beech Hill Country House in Ardmore to Ness and Ervey Woods at Burntollet. This will result in a medium distance route that encompasses the river, woodland and built heritage. The principal target market for the trails will be tourists, anglers and those wishing to experience the biodiversity and natural heritage of the river corridor.  The route will represent a new route on the Walk NI database.

Key principles and components of the concept envisage the Trail as:
• A continuous route from Ardmore on the peri-urban boundary of Derry City to Ness
• Comprising linked sections of shared-use, parallel, or separate, walking, cycling and/or riding routes and route options
• Enabling multi-day walks, cycling trips or horse rides, and more local day/part-day trips - by local and regional residents and visitors
• Linking to other regional and national trails - for example, the Ulster Way and NCN Cycle routes
• Linking to circular routes - for use on foot, cycle or horseback, in the vicinity of key venues and settlements
• Encouraging use by local residents, day visitors and tourists
• A socially-inclusive route - catering for families, elderly people, people with disabilities, and for those from disadvantaged communities, insofar as is practical
• A ’showcase’ for the natural, cultural and built heritage of the North West’s Faughan corridor and village settlements, through interpretation of sites, features and ‘stories’ of interest
• Contributing to a positive image of the Derry City Council area
• Offering opportunities for ‘greening’ the Trail corridor - through environmental regeneration and enhancement projects
• Providing a regional park-type resource - comprising a recreational ‘corridor’ along/in the vicinity of the River Faughan and an important component of, and ‘feeder’ route into, the Sperrins, Derry City and Donegal
• Promoting healthy exercise in attractive surroundings.

The River Faughan corridor Access scheme will involve the development and upgrading of path networks from the Beech Hill Country House in Ardmore to Ness and Ervey Woods at Burntollet. This will result in a medium distance route that encompasses the river, woodland and built heritage. The principal target market for the trails will be tourists, anglers and those wishing to experience the biodiversity and natural heritage of the river corridor.  The route will represent a new route on the Walk NI database.

Key principles and components of the concept envisage the Trail as:
• A continuous route from Ardmore on the peri-urban boundary of Derry City to Ness
• Comprising linked sections of shared-use, parallel, or separate, walking, cycling and/or riding routes and route options
• Enabling multi-day walks, cycling trips or horse rides, and more local day/part-day trips - by local and regional residents and visitors
• Linking to other regional and national trails - for example, the Ulster Way and NCN Cycle routes
• Linking to circular routes - for use on foot, cycle or horseback, in the vicinity of key venues and settlements
• Encouraging use by local residents, day visitors and tourists
• A socially-inclusive route - catering for families, elderly people, people with disabilities, and for those from disadvantaged communities, insofar as is practical
• A ’showcase’ for the natural, cultural and built heritage of the North West’s Faughan corridor and village settlements, through interpretation of sites, features and ‘stories’ of interest
• Contributing to a positive image of the Derry City Council area
• Offering opportunities for ‘greening’ the Trail corridor - through environmental regeneration and enhancement projects
• Providing a regional park-type resource - comprising a recreational ‘corridor’ along/in the vicinity of the River Faughan and an important component of, and ‘feeder’ route into, the Sperrins, Derry City and Donegal
• Promoting healthy exercise in attractive surroundings.