Eight Kerry Trails Included In Walks Scheme

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The North Kerry Way from Tralee to Ballyheigue is among the trails added to the Walks Scheme.

EIGHT walking trails in Kerry are to be included in the Walks Scheme under the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, with 31 trails in total being added to the scheme nationwide, as well as funding for a number of new Rural Recreation Officers.

The trails added in Kerry today involve over 130 local farmers and include the North Kerry Way, Glenageenty Loops, Pound/Knockernawaddra, Dingle Way, Keel Loop Walk, Caher Marsh Walk, Bolus Head/Skellig Way and Emlagh Loop/Reenroe Cliff Walk.

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

Today’s announcement means there are will now be 80 trails under the Scheme, which is operated by the Department of Rural and Community Development in conjunction with the Local Development Companies (LDCs) and over 2,400 farmers and landowners in total.

Additional funding will also be provided to the Local Development Companies that deliver the scheme locally, as well as for the salaries paid to the Rural Recreation Officers who play a vital role in delivering the Walks Scheme and developing the outdoor recreation sector locally.

Fine Gael Kerry Deputy Brendan Griffin said he had lobbied for a long time for the inclusion of more Kerry trails in the Walks Scheme as well as the creation of more Rural Recreation Officer positions in Kerry.

He said that today’s announcement is great news for Kerry and a stepping stone to further trail development throughout the county, as the incentives of trail development become clearer to all stakeholders in our communities.

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