Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District, Cllr John Mullen, joined landowners and the Walking trails committee last week at the Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre for the launch of the repaired, re-routed and re-branded Tinahely Walking Trails.
After officially opening the new trails the Cllr said,“Tinahely Walking Trails are a massive addition for the outdoor recreation sector in Wicklow. Over the last ten years Tinahely Community Projects in partnership with local landowners have developed and maintained over 45 km of integrated and signposted walking trails in the Wicklow hills and valleys that surround our south Wicklow village.”
A new walking brochure with additional signage has been produced which will assist in promoting and guiding walkers on these trails, which now include exciting routes such as the Four Bounds Loop and the Cow loop, which involves a trip to iconic walking destination ‘the Dying Cow Pub’.
Cllr Mullen went on to say that, in the past ten years, thousands of walkers have utilised these fantastic trails, which include the Railway Walk, Tomnafinnogue Oak Forest, the Wicklow Way and the hill trails – which were all featured in several national television programmes such as ‘Tracks and trails’.
The Tinahely Walking Trails Committee were successful in securing an Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) grant through Wicklow County Council of over €20,000 to repair damage, re-route and re-brand the trails. The work will bring the trails to a new high standard and provide new ways of enjoying the outstanding landscape of south Wicklow.
“Tinahely is now a premier Walking Destination in County Wicklow which is the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Ireland, “ Cllr Mullen continued. “As we continue working to deliver the Arklow-Shillelagh Green way, these new trails will provide a sustainable economic stream to support the many local businesses that exist in the village and the growth of new tourism businesses in the area.
“I will continue my work with local communities to ensure that rural South and West Wicklow develops additional tourism infrastructure to meet the demand for new walking destinations.”