Mayo County Walking Officer Anna Connor gave an in-depth presentation to the Planning and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo County Council. After outlining the steps being taken to turn Mayo into the walking capital of Ireland, Director of Services for the council Mr Joe Loftus told the members. “There is a difficult budget ahead which could have some implications for the walking strategy but I’m sure we can get through it.”
As part of her presentation Ms Connor gave the members a run-down, of the various walks that are currently in operation which include four loop walks: The Burrishoole loop which takes in 12 walks over a distance of 3km to 13km; the Clogher loop, which has four walks over distances of 5km to 16km; the Carrateige loop which has three walks ranging in distance from 3km to 13km; and the Erris loop which has one 5km walk. She also outlined the number of linear walks that are currently in operation in Mayo including the 35km Achill Spur walk and the 33km Bangor Trail walk. She also told the meeting that the walks on both Clare Island and Innisturk Island are nearing completion after they received funding from Fáilte Ireland. Mayo has also been recognised for its walking strategy at a national level.