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Sligo LEADER Partnership has administered the The Walks Scheme in County Sligo on behalf of the Department Rural and Community Development, since 2008.
The scheme has resulted in significant improvements in the quality of walking trails, with increased enjoyment for trail users and benefit for local businesses as tourism increases in these rural areas.
The Walks Scheme
The scheme is aimed at private landowners who will be paid to carry out a specified and agreed maintenance plan for approved walking routes through their lands (5-year contracts).
Please note that a scheme will only operate where there is agreement on the entire walk and will not be available for part of a walk.
Current Walks Schemes Trails in County Sligo
The scheme currently operates:
- The Sligo Way
- Lough Easkey loop
- The Miners Way and Historical Trail
- Keash Hill Trail
We are mindful of the goodwill of the landowners who allow us to access these trails that cross their land and kindly ask that you don’t block gates, entrances or lanes which can prevent landowners from accessing animals and entry for emergency vehicles.
Please note: Walkers are kindly asked not to bring dogs onto trails which cross open farmland; in particular Keash Hill Trail, Lough Easkey Loop and the Miners Way and Historical Trail.
COVID-19 Guidance on Sligo Walks
Some of our Sligo Walks which were closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic have now been re-opened. Walkers are reminded to ensure they take social distancing measures into consideration while walking.
It is also recommended that you choose a time of day when the walks may be quieter, such as early morning or evening, to avoid any possible congestion.
Download a pdf outlining guidance from Sport Ireland trails: Outdoors for Everyone
Find out more
New entrants/trail management committees can apply to have their trail considered for inclusion on the scheme or make further enquiries by contacting:
David Conlon Rural Recreation Officer
Tel: 087 1958955
Department of Rural and Community Development