On the trail of new tracks

The Drummy Woods trails have been a great success.
The Drummy Woods trails have been a great success.

Proposals are being drawn up for a larger network of mountain bike tracks in Deeside.

A public consultation on the Tarland Development Group’s plans will be held later this month.

We want to hear the views of the people of Tarland and the surrounding area about the plans

Chris Redmond Tarland Trails

Mountain bike trails were created at Tarland’s Drummy Woods about a year ago and have been such a success that a move is now under way to expand the number of routes in the area.

TDG is proposing up to 30km of new trails on the MacRobert Trust Estate in a project, which is estimated to take three-five years.

Tarland Trails project co-ordinator Chris Redmond told the Piper they saw the proposed development - with an estimated cost of £500,000-£600,000 - as having the potential to give the village and surrounding area a significant economic boost.

Mr Redmond, who is a TDG trustee, said: “We are looking to build on the success of Drummy Woods.

“We want to hear the views of the people of Tarland and the surrounding area about the plans.

“If there is a majority support for the project then we will undertake a feasibility study and if necessary hold another public meeting to gauge opinions before reaching the planning application stage.”

The exact location of the new trails has still to be confirmed and discussions would need to be held with neighbouring landowners.

Mr Redmond said they were hoping to secure funding from various sources.

The public meeting, which will be facilitated by Marr Area Partnership, will be in the MacRobert Hall, Tarland, on Monday, June 27, at 7.30pm.