The new version of the Walk Waterford-From Sea to Mountains booklet, along with an accompanying on-line resource was recently launched by Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr. Joe Kelly at the beautiful Anne Valley Walk.

Walk Waterford is a series of 39 recreational walks throughout Waterford, from stunning coastal walks to breathtaking mountain scenery to tranquil woodland settings to picturesque towns and villages and Ireland’s oldest city. In the booklet, each walk has a map, trail description and important trail information that will help visitors plan their visit. The format of the booklet sees trails being grouped into themes such as coastal, mountain, woodland & nature, long distance & Greenway and urban trails. With details about the grading of each trail, it is hoped that the booklet will help people make an informed decision about the trail they choose to visit.
 
Launching the booklet, Cllr. Kelly said that he was ‘delighted to be able to help formally announce that the booklet was available. It will be a great free resource for people planning their next walk, day trip or holiday to Waterford’. Cllr. Kelly also went on to say that ‘now more than ever, as we continue to emerge from pandemic restrictions, it is vital for our health & well-being that we keep active and healthy. Where better to do this in the great outdoors. We are very fortunate here in Waterford, in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, to have a wealth of trails and amenities to choose from. I look forward to discovering some of the trails myself over the summer!’
 
The booklet which was prepared by Waterford City & County Council was also supported with funding from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Johnny Brunnock, Trails Officer with Waterford City & County Council, who was also in attendance at the launch, pointed out that ‘the project also includes the addition of a dedicated trails section to the Visit Waterford website which promotes all there is to see and do in Waterford, as well as where to stay, what’s on and where to eat.

We would encourage locals and visitors alike to log onto www.visitwaterfordtrails.com where they can download the new booklet, watch newly created videos and find lots of useful information while planning their visit to the outdoors. We would also like to thank all those who contributed to this project and of course all of the voluntary trail development groups around the county, like the local community here at the Anne Valley Walk who manage and maintain many of Waterford’s wonderful walks for all of us to enjoy’.
 
Walking in nature is without doubt one of life’s most enjoyable experiences and best of all...it’s free! However, with this freedom comes responsibility. Waterford City & County Council and stakeholders involved in this project would like to take this opportunity to remind those venturing into the outdoors to be considerate of your surroundings, land owners and other trail users at all times. Always remember to practice the principles of Leave no Trace. Dispose of waste properly: If you bring it in, take it out. Visit www.leavenotraceireland.org for further information.
 
The new Walk Waterford booklet will be available from Waterford City & County Council, Tourist Offices, Libraries and other outlets over the coming days and weeks. Find your trail in Waterford…where Ireland begins.