Walking Trail Development
To equip learners with the tools and understanding to effectively develop a sustainable walking trail, including selecting the physical attributes, costing & funding the project and planning for long-term management.
- Trail Development in Ireland Overview
- Walking Trail Surfaces & Infrastructure
- Detailed Route Choice
- Case Study & Site Visit
- Estimating Costs
- Funding & Resources
- Future Trail Management Considerations
- Completing a Trail Proposal
Courses will be ran over 1 day and combine classroom and practical sessions. Course sizes will be capped at 16 to ensure maximum benefit is received by participants.
Upon completion of the courses learners will be able to:
- Outline a range of trail surface types that may be used for walking trails
- Describe options for waymarking, signage and trail furniture that are commonly used in Ireland
- Select the most appropriate line for the route and features for the trail
- Calculate an indicative cost for developing a trail
- Identify potential funding streams & supports for a walking trail project
- Appreciate the need to plan for on-going management, monitoring and maintenance
- Complete a Trail Proposal to guide the trail’s development, help in funding applications and plan for the sustainable management of the trail.
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 planning and 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
The course was well rounded, classes were small which suited my learning style.