National Walks Scheme – Call for Expression of Interest

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Call for Expressions of Interest – National Walks Scheme


Leitrim Development Company are taking expressions of interest from trail management groups and community groups in who wish to apply for inclusion in the Walks Scheme in 2019.

For more information contact them directly at 071 9641770

Walking in the forest

About the National Walks Scheme

The National Walks Scheme facilitates the development and maintenance of many of Ireland’s walking trails.  The scheme, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, assists in the provision of high quality walking trails by private landholders, by contracting them, or their nominees, to undertake maintenance work on sections of National Waymarked Ways and other priority walks that traverse their lands.

The scheme currently covers 39 trails, with payments made to approximately 1,900 landholders to maintain those trails.


Qualifying trails will:
  • Be available to the public,
  • Be of a suitable standard to be included in Sport Ireland’s trail register, and
  • Have all private landowners along the entire route willing to allow access to the public and to join scheme.

Applicant groups will also be required to outline a health & wellbeing, tourism or economic case for the inclusion of the trail under the scheme.

Trails that do not have all of the necessary elements in place at the time of application will not be considered.

Formal expressions of interest will only be accepted from Local Authorities and/or Local Development Companies. Interested groups should make contact with these bodies to commence the process.

Full details, including eligibility criteria and application forms, will be available from Leitrim Local Development Company in the coming days.

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