The Walks Scheme

This programme is funded by:


The Walks Scheme is a national scheme involving landholders on National Waymarked Ways, Looped Walking Routes and Heritage Routes, and other trails approved by the National Trails Office. Rural Recreation Officers are responsible for the rollout of the National Walks Scheme.

The Walks Scheme has resulted in the development and enhancement of nearly 40 trails. The rural recreation officers have also negotiated and managed maintenance contracts with over 1,890 landowners.

As a result, significant social and economic benefits for local communities have been achieved including:

  • additional jobs in the accommodation sector
  • new business ventures such as bike hire and coffee shops, including more jobs in the supply of outdoor recreational equipment and services
  • a noticeable growth in registered walking clubs
  • a significant increase in the number and duration of walking festivals which generate additional bed nights in small villages and the wider rural area.
  • maintenance payments to landholders for trail development, generating an income stream for rural communities of €5.4 million over a 4-year period
  • an injection of €600,000 into the local economy, over the same period, as a result of spending on materials for the maintenance of trails

Walks in Louth

Why not walk the beautiful Táin Way?

For more info on this programme please contact
Mavis Kelly