Sunday, September 27, 2020

A lone walker in Belleek Woods, Ballina, embraces nature’s autumnal colours. Picture Henry Wills, Western People.

Today (Sunday) is National Walking Day in Ireland and Mayo residents are being encouraged by Coillte to talk a walk in one of the designated Coillte forests in the county. 

National Walking Day is an annual event as part of the European Week of Sport which encourages people to get out walking to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

It is an initiative by Get Ireland Walking, supported by Sport Ireland. Coillte is delighted to be involved and to support this annual event by encouraging the public, regardless of age or ability, to get active and stay local.

Among the Coillte forests open to the public in Mayo are Belleek Woods in Ballina, Sheskin North in Ballycastle and Sheskin South near Bellacorick, Drummin near Pontoon, Raheens Wood outside Castlebar, Moore Hall outside Partry, Tourmakeady Woods, and Tawnyard at Delphi on the Mayo-Galway border. 

To find out more about Coillte’s recreation offering visit

Charlie Burke, Recreation Officer with Coillte and co-ordinator of Coillte’s Woodlands for Health campaign said:  “Coillte is proud to be Ireland’s leading provider of outdoor recreation activities, with more than 3,000 kilometers of trails, 260 recreation sites and 12 forest parks across the country.

 “We know about the importance of walking in nature to members of the public and the benefits for both physical and mental health. Our forests offer a space where people can walk safely while maintaining social distancing and abiding by Covid-19 guidelines. Coillte wants to encourage local residents in County Mayo to take some time out of their day and enjoy their local landscape by participating in National Walking Day.” 

Share a photo or video of your walk on social media and tag @GetIreWalking on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags #BeActive #NationalWalkingDay #WalkYourTown #WalkYourArea and #HiddenGems.

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