Sligo is a walk­ing won­der­land

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

“Let’s not only get Sligo walk­ing, let’s get the world walk­ing in Sligo,” were the fi­nal words spo­ken at the launch of the new Sligo Walks web­site and video at Sligo Air­port, Strand­hill on Fri­day last.

Those words were spo­ken by Deirdre Lavin of the Sligo Sport & Re­cre­ation Part­ner­ship, who were among the many or­ga­ni­za­tions, groups and other stake­hold­ers present at the event, which also in­cluded a short but sym­bolic walk in glo­ri­ous sun­shine along the nearby Kil­laspug­brone Looped Walk.

SligoWalks.ie is a new web­site which has de­tailed walk­ing in­for­ma­tion on over 60 way­marked walks through­out Sligo, and this along with a vi­ral video which shows some of Sligo’s most iconic walks - will en­cour­age peo­ple to use the won­der­ful nat­u­ral ameni­ties on our doorstep, as well as pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote Sligo much fur­ther afield.

“The video we are launch­ing , the new in­for­ma­tion leaflets pub­lished, the new web­site be­ing in­tro­duced today, will all greatly en­hance our tourism prod­uct, and could well be the cat­a­lyst for the devel­op­ment of fur­ther mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion cam­paigns cen­tered on our ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties,” said Coun­cil­lor Séa­mus Kil­gan­non, Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil, at the launch event. Many of Sligo’s walk­ing and out­door clubs were rep­re­sented at the launch and sev­eral of them spoke, de­scrib­ing the many pos­i­tive benefits that they and their col­leagues have re­ceived from walk­ing in Sligo, from both a phys­i­cal and men­tal health per­spec­tive. Jim New­man spoke on be­half of the Sligo Walk­ing Club, Alan Sayers on be­half of the Sligo-Leitrim Moun­tain Res­cue Team, and Goretti Bren­nan de­scribed the huge growth in pop­u­lar­ity in walk­ing with community groups such as the North Sligo Walk­ing Group, which now has ap­prox­i­mately 100 mem­bers.

“The walks are meant to be en­joyed as we in­ter­act and meet up with old friends, mak­ing new ones along the way. It has also be­come ap­par­ent that fit­ness lev­els have im­proved with con­fi­dence as ini­tially some of our group were shy or re­luc­tant to go the dis­tance,” she said.

Dorothy Clarke, Direc­tor of Ser­vices at Sligo County Coun­cil, said that a huge amount of in­vest­ment has been made in pro­vid­ing walk­ing in­fra­struc­ture in Sligo, and now a great op­por­tu­nity awaits for lo­cal peo­ple to get in­volved in walk­ing, whether in­for­mally or as part of a group. And as walk­ing is a pur­suit which can be done at any time of the year, the mes­sage is to get walk­ing, stay healthy and to get the word out that by vis­it­ing SligoWalks.ie you’ ll find all of the in­for­ma­tion you need to get started.

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Pic­tured at the launch of Sligo walks.ie last Fri­day morn­ing in Strand­hill. James Con­nolly.

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