Saul to Lough Money Community Trail – Feasibility Study

Loanin path, Saul to Lough Money

Client: Saul GAC and Sport NI

Approximate Cost: £6000

The Challenge

Following the success of the Saul GAA Pitch Community Trail, assess the feasibility for a further off-road, ‘mountain loop’ walk trail that would link Slieve Patrick, Lough Money and the rural communities of Saul, Raholp, Ballystokes, Roneystown and Carrowvanny.  

The Role

Working in close partnership with the local community, Outscape’s role was to undertake an assessment of this 5km off-road community trail based on 8 key factors –  

  1. Strategic Context (importance of this trail in fulfilling wider strategic agendas); 
  1. Land Ownership and Use;  
  1. Trail Route and Standards 
  1. Natural Environment 
  1. Historic Environment 
  1. Hydrology 
  1. Engineering 
  1. Safe and Sustainable Access 

This assessment includes 1-2-1 consultation with all landowners and statutory organisations responsible for reviewing planning applications. 

The final output will be preparation of a Concept Plan with high lievel costings and next steps required to submit any planning application(s). 

Staff Lead: Fiona Milne

Project Partners

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council 

Saul GAC 

Private landowners 

Diocese of Down & Connor 

NI Water 

DAERA Inland Fisheries 

Representatives of the local community 

Historic Environment Division, Dept. for Communities