The Walks Scheme is a national scheme involving landholders on National Waymarked Ways, Looped Walking Routes and Heritage Routes, and other trails approved by the National Trails Office. Rural Recreation Officers are responsible for the rollout of the National Walks Scheme.
The Walks Scheme has resulted in the development and enhancement of nearly 40 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:
You can find a list of the trails and walks on the scheme here.
The department funds the employment of 12 rural recreation officers through 12 Local Development Companies in the following counties:
The responsibilities of the rural recreation officer include:
To contact a rural recreation officer, please contact your Rural Recreation Officer here.