Trail Kilkenny5 guides
Trail Kilkenny is a non-profit company providing a vehicle for ‘bottom-up’ cooperation on the development, maintenance and marketing structure for tourism and recreational trails in the county. KLP gathered public and private stakeholders from the Kilkenny’s local authorities, Fáilte Ireland, Kilkenny Sports & Recreational Partnership and other local stakeholders to form Trail Kilkenny. All are united in seeking to create a strategy based on linkages between the communities and rural enterprises of the region. The entire project is a vehicle for the support of an area-based development strategy. The project was driven by KLP but funding has come from a number of sources- with the LEADER stream (Axis 4) of the Rural Development Programme 2007-‘13 providing the integrating aspect.
Starting from a very low base in 2007, Kilkenny now has 9 ‘looped walking trails’ developed to Fáilte Ireland standards, with another 8 in development and scheduled to be completed later this year. The company has also launched two on-road cycling routes- with more to follow and it is proposing, later in 2010, to complete a series of ‘waterway’ trails on the rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir rivers. The ‘flagship’ project of Trail Kilkenny is linear walking route is the Nore Valley Walk, two of the three section of this spectacular walk on the River Nore which are completed and open to the walker. The Nore Valley Walk, passing as it does through some of the most beautiful and valuable land in the county is a good example of the success of the bottom-up approach to development. Local landowners, angling groups and walking clubs were all actively involved in its development and maintenance.
Trail Kilkenny now has numerous other stakeholder groups operating as supporting networks to the company. These include the participants in non-physical ‘Made in Kilkenny - Craft Trail’ and the ‘Taste of Kilkenny - Food Trail’ networks. The Craft and Food Trails are already market leaders in the concept or ‘themed trail’ sector and they will be followed by trails based on gardens and one focused on ‘Haunted Kilkenny’- examining the folklore of the paranormal in the county. Trail Kilkenny’s stakeholders are acutely aware that construction of a route – be it physical- such as a walk, or conceptual like the Craft and Food Trails, is only one third of the work. It is crucial that a sustainable maintenance plan be established and that a continuing marketing strategy is supported. KLP has integrated the workers of the Rural Social Scheme as a key part of maintenance plan. In marketing terms Trail Kilkenny is currently in the process of developing an ambitious new strategy. The company has just concluded a innovative partnership deal with the international Every Trail website, which will see all its trail maps, descriptions and photos being available on the iPhone and other similar ‘smart phones’.
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A beautiful walk through the woods of the old Castlemorris Estate. 3 looped walks available - 7km,6km + 3km.
One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk,following the River Nore and featuring members of the Food and Craft Trail
A beautiful 6km walking trail incorporating hill-top views and a megalithic tomb.
One of three sections of the Nore Valley Walk. The trail follows the River Nore from Thomastown to Inistioge.
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