Walking Trail Planning

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.

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

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

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


Wicklow Way

This course was really informative. The tutor was extremely knowledgeable and made the course as interactive as possible.

Walking Trail Planning