70 new walking trails to be developed as part of Walks Scheme

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An expansion of the government’s ‘Walks Scheme’ will see 70 new walking trails developed across the country over the next two years.

Funding of €2.4 million has been allocated to facilitate the number of trails enrolled on the scheme to increase from 80 to 150.

The initiative is designed to boost outdoor recreation and rural tourism and will see the scheme work with over 2,500 farmers to open up the countryside to walkers, hikers, cyclists and tourists.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 23 June 2023 and these must be made through Local Development Companies.

Under the scheme , funding is provided to farmers and other landowners to maintain the trails that travel through their holdings.

Over 2,200 farmers or landowners are already participating in the scheme.

A fresh call for expressions of interest was opened in February 2023 for new trails and substantial extensions to existing trails.