Im­proved Bal­ly­donarea Loop Walk opened

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

THERE was a large turnout in Kil­coole last week­end for the launch of the im­proved Bal­ly­donarea Loop Walk.

Walk­ers met at the beach car park last Satur­day af­ter­noon. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ‘Kil­coole Walk­ways’ brought them along the walk and ex­plained some of the in­ter­est­ing her­itage of the area.

The en­joy­able event ended with some re­fresh­ments at Bal­ly­donarea House, cour­tesy of Ralph and Caro­line Tin­dal.

The day in­cluded a short pre­sen­ta­tion on the her­itage and his­tory of the walk.

Kil­coole Walk­ways is a new group formed over the win­ter to im­prove and main­tain lo­cal paths. The Bal­ly­donarea Loop Walk is an off-road walk run­ning from Lott Lane to the sea.

Kil­coole Walk­ways vol­un­teers have put a huge ef­fort into up­grad­ing the path which takes about 45 min­utes, in­clud­ing a re­turn walk to Kil­coole via the Sea Road. It in­cludes mag­nif­i­cent views of the en­tire coastal plain from Wick­low Head in the south, to Bray Head in the north.

Fund­ing for the path im­prove­ments was pro­vided by the Depart­ment of Arts, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht.

The works to the walk in­cluded new fenc­ing, turn­stiles and sig­nage.

Lor­raine O’Toole, Cllr Tom For­tune, Adam Smith, Ai­dan Smith, Ralph Tin­dal and the as­sem­bled walk­ers head­ing off for the in­au­gu­ral walk along the Bal­ly­donarea Loop in Kil­coole on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Sean Kenna and Claire Smith.

Ralph Tin­dal rings the sym­bolic church bell to mark the open­ing.

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