Walking Trail Planning

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Course Aim:

To give learners the tools and confidence to effectively develop sustainable and enjoyable walking trails, while navigating issues such as land ownership, insurance, environmental considerations and funding.



Wicklow Way

Target Audience:

The course is suitable for anybody with an interest in trails and the outdoors but will be of particular interest to:

  • Local group members involved in developing a walking trail
  • Staff with a trails brief in local authorities or national bodies
  • Rural Recreation Officers / County Trails Officers
  • People approving or funding trails projects
  • Trail managers looking to upgrade or expand their route
  • Professionals who want to understand trails development

Courses will be ran over 1 day and combine classroom and practical sessions. Course sizes will be capped at 14 to ensure maximum benefit is received by participants

Course Topics:

  • Overview of Walking Trails in Ireland and Agencies involved
  • Considerations in Trail Planning
  • Trail Planning Process
  • Viable & Sustainable Trails
  • Route Choice
  • Partnership – Who to Involve
  • Insurance & Liability
  • Case Study & Site Visit
  • Trail Development Plan

Crochan Walk

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Use a logical Trail Planning Process to guide the development of sustainable & enjoyable walking trails in Ireland
  • Ensure a trail’s viability by correct determination of location, route, target users and trail type
  • Display an understanding of insurance, land ownership, environmental, ecological and heritage issues which can impact on a trail’s development
  • Engage with the appropriate agencies, organisations and individuals to ensure that all requirements are met
  • Complete a Trail Development Plan to ensure all factors are considered, and to guide subsequent phases of the trail development process

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