THE first official mountain bike trail in Cave Hill Country Park has been opened.
The Middle is a pilot project aimed at showcasing the park as a first-class visitor attraction for outdoor activities.
It also provides mountain bike enthusiasts with a managed and maintained facility.
Running from the top of the mountain down through the park, the trail offers mountain bikers an exciting challenge with many jumps, drops and berms.
It was constructed by hand, using natural materials to best preserve the environment and protect biodiversity.
New signage has been erected to ensure walkers, cyclists, runners and tourists can enjoy all of the outdoor facilities safely.
Belfast Mayor Christina Black said: "The new mountain bike trail is an excellent addition to the many different outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in our city.
"Cave Hill Country Park is such a popular location with locals and tourists, and I have no doubt the new trail will open the doors to an even bigger audience of visitors," she said.
"I want to congratulate and thank all of those involved in the development of the trail and encourage mountain bike enthusiasts to come along and enjoy the challenges on offer.”
Bern McClure, chairman of the Cavehill Mountain Bike Club, said: "Built and maintained by Cavehill Mountain Bike Club, the ‘Middle Trail’ sets a new standard as an alpine inspired all season challenging downhill natural trail on the slopes of the iconic Cave Hill.
"I pay particular credit to the innovative partnership between the club and Belfast City Council which made all this possible," he said.
"We are bowled over by the fantastic positive feedback we’re getting from everyone who rides the trail."