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Travel Traffic Banned From Game of Thrones’ Kingsroad

16:06  11 october  2017
16:06  11 october  2017 Source:   travelpulse.com

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A stretch of road in Northern Ireland is set to be protected after its link with Game of Thrones has transformed the site into a tourist magnet. Bregagh Road , near the village of Armoy in County Antrim, has been used as a filming location for "the Kingsroad " in the HBO series.

Bregagh Road , a road that gained notoriety when it was used as the Kingsroad in the television show “ Game of Thrones ,” is famous for its tunnel The ban will be enforced from the junction with Ballinlea Road to the junction with Ballykenver Road , and new signs will direct traffic away from the path.

  Traffic Banned From Game of Thrones’ Kingsroad © Flickr Cars and buses will soon be banned from the Dark Hedges.

Bregagh Road, a road that gained notoriety when it was used as the Kingsroad in the television show “Game of Thrones,” is famous for its tunnel of beech trees that give the pathway a dramatic effect.

The trees were planted more than 200 years ago by the Stuart family and lead to Gracehill House mansion.

They are considered a national treasure and one of the most photographed locales in Northern Ireland—even before "Game of Thrones." But concern has been growing, as the health of the trees and the effect that the intense crowds are having on their roots come into question. 

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Traffic is to be banned from part of a County Antrim road - made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones - to protect trees known as the Dark Hedges. The scene was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent "the Kingsroad " in the HBO drama series.

A stretch of road in Northern Ireland is set to be protected after its link with Game of Thrones has transformed the site into a tourist magnet. Bregagh Road , near the village of Armoy in County Antrim, has been used as a filming location for “the Kingsroad ” in the HBO series.

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Fewer than two-thirds of the trees remain of the 150 that were originally planted by James Stuart. 

Storm Gertrude, which blew through in January of 2016, downed two of the trees, and a rotten branch fell from one of the trees later in the year. 

Growing traffic raised alarm over the health of the trees, especially when Easter holiday traffic was at a standstill and large crowds of people were photographed clogging the pathway. 

Closing the Dark Hedges to vehicle traffic - how soon is now? A national disgrace slowly killing a national treasure. @CausewayCouncilpic.twitter.com/2fJCs3y1UT

— NI Greenways (@nigreenways) April 17, 2017

Fans of Game of Thrones will now have to make the journey along the Kingsroad by foot. Beginning October 30, the only vehicles allowed on the Bregagh Road will be agricultural or emergency related.

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Traffic is to be banned from part of a County Antrim road - made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones - to protect trees known as the Dark Hedges. The scene was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent "the Kingsroad " in the HBO drama series.

Traffic is to be banned from part of a County Antrim road – made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones – to protect trees known as the Dark Hedges. The scene was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent "the Kingsroad " in the HBO drama series.

The ban will be enforced from the junction with Ballinlea Road to the junction with Ballykenver Road, and new signs will direct traffic away from the path. 

For those who would like to stroll the path, there is parking at the nearby Hedges Estate Hotel, which was once Gracehill House. Some of the lands formerly belonging to the estate have also been transformed into a golf course. 

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