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Millennium Peace Maze at Castlewellan Forest Park: It's good news and even better views after revamp

By Linda Stewart

The Millennium Peace Maze planted at Castlewellan Forest Park has been refurbished as part of a £339,000 revamp.

A new 12km network of trails in the park will take in the Annesley Garden and Arboretum as well as views from the peak of Slievenaslat.

Meanwhile, Bunkers Hill in Castlewellan has been given a new lease of life with the launch of a play trail, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.

It features play structures made from wood and includes a lookout tower, the 'Donard Climbing Wall', tunnel, storytelling chair and teepees.

The trails were developed in partnership with Outdoor Recreation NI. Director Jill Montgomery said: "These new trails are designed to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get outdoors and enjoy the incredible natural landscape on our doorsteps."

Until 2007 the 2.18 mile-long peace maze held the world record as the largest permanent hedge maze.

A bell at the centre of the maze has been reinstated.

It is considered one of the most frequently rung bells in Ireland, with over half a million rings every year.

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