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The Walks Scheme

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The Walks Scheme is a national scheme involving landholders on Sports Ireland Outdoors National Waymarked Trails.  The Louth Rural Recreation Officer is responsible for overseeing the Walks Scheme in County Louth. ​ The Walks Scheme has resulted in the development and enhancement of nearly 80+ 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

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Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of County Louth as you browse through a captivating collection of trail pictures showcasing the region's spectacular scenery.

Walks In Louth

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How to Enjoy the Mountains Safely in Co. Louth

Welcome to the Serene Trails of County Louth: A Guide to Safe Mountain and Rural Walks.​ Embarking on a walk through the scenic landscapes of County Louth can be a rejuvenating and breathtaking experience. As you traverse mountain trails and rural paths, it's crucial to prioritise safety to ensure a memorable and incident-free adventure. Here are key factors to keep in mind for a safe walking experience in County Louth: ​ 1. Check Weather Conditions: Irish Weather Dynamics: Weather in Ireland can be unpredictable. Before setting out, check the local weather forecast. Sudden changes in weather, especially in mountainous regions, can impact visibility and safety. 2. Inform Someone About Your Plans: Share Your Itinerary: Always inform a friend or family member about your walking plans. Provide details such as the trail you're taking, estimated duration, and your expected return time. 3. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Layer Up: Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Ensure you have a waterproof jacket, sturdy hiking boots, and consider packing a hat and gloves. 4. Carry Essential Equipment: Navigation Tools: Bring a detailed map and compass or a GPS device. Familiarise yourself with the trail before starting your walk. Mobile Phone: Keep your phone fully charged and carry a power bank. In case of emergencies, having a charged phone can be a lifesaver. 5. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Water and Snacks: Carry an adequate supply of water and energy-rich snacks. Mountain walks can be demanding, and staying hydrated is crucial for your well-being. 6. Mind Your Footing: Sturdy Footwear: Wear hiking boots with good ankle support to navigate uneven terrain. Pay attention to the trail and watch for loose rocks or slippery surfaces. 7. Respect Wildlife and Environment: Leave No Trace: Follow the principle of "Leave No Trace" by carrying out all litter. Respect the local flora and fauna, and stay on designated trails to preserve the natural environment. 8. Be Mindful of Wildlife: Wildlife Awareness: In rural areas, encounters with livestock or wildlife are possible. Keep a safe distance and avoid disturbing animals. Check if dogs are permitted before setting out on a hike. 9. Know Your Limits: Physical Fitness: Choose trails that match your fitness level. If you're a beginner, start with easier routes and gradually progress to more challenging ones. 10. Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Contact Information: Save local emergency contact numbers and the number of the nearest rescue services. Familiarise yourself with the location of the nearest medical facilities. 11. Time Management: Daylight Hours: Plan your walk to ensure you have sufficient daylight for your journey. Avoid starting late in the day to prevent getting caught in the dark. 12. Follow Local Guidelines: Trail Etiquette: Adhere to local trail guidelines and regulations. Some trails may have specific rules to protect the environment and ensure the safety of walkers. ​​ By embracing these key factors, you can relish the serenity of County Louth's mountain trails and rural walks while prioritising your safety. Enjoy your journey through this enchanting landscape, and may each step bring you closer to nature and tranquility. ​

For further information on

The Walks Scheme please contact

+353 87 6155375

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