A new 1.6 km footpath from Laragh to Trooperstown which was opened on Tuesday (April 30th) will be a significant improvement to Wicklow’s network of trails providing a much-needed link between the Avonmore Way and Glendalough, St Kevin’s Way and the Wicklow Way.
It is also a great opportunity for visitors in Glendalough to link with Rathdrum, the train station or Avondale and its upcoming extensive development. These trails can connect the towns and villages along the way allowing tourists to experience their rich heritage and hospitality.
The project is one of the major Local Footpath Renewal Schemes undertaken by the Wicklow Municipal District and Wicklow County Council.
Cllr Daire Nolan, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow Municipal District, described the county’s outdoor and recreational attractions as important assets which form the basis of Wicklow’s infrastructure and environment.
“These are fundamental to the enjoyment of the county by both residents and visitors alike,” he said adding: “Wicklow should be described as an all year-round tourist destination as it looks beautiful in whichever season it is viewed in”.
Speaking at the opening District Manager, Mr Brian Gleeson, said: “All of our plans – including Wicklow County Local Economic and Community Plan, Wicklow County Development Plan, County Wicklow Outdoor Recreation Strategy and Wicklow Tourism Strategy and Marketing Plan – have a vision to promote, develop and protect and enhance Wicklow’s unique and rich natural and cultural heritage.”
Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Municipal District are committed to this so that Wicklow will have a vibrant, sustainable outdoor recreation culture, based on partnership, trust and mutual respect.
He stated: “It should be noted that the 2016 Census on health and wellbeing showed that the general health of people in County Wicklow is better than the State average and this could possibly be attributed to Wicklow’s natural outdoor and recreational assets”.
Mr George Randle, General Services Supervisor, Wicklow Municipal District, and his men were also commended on their workmanship in constructing the footpath, as its creation now provides an important and safe link from Laragh to other trail networks in the area. The successful progression of these trails would not happen without the consensus of local landowners (both public and private) and local communities.