Rural Recreation & Walks Scheme
The Rural Recreation Programme enables the Company to employ a Rural Recreation Officer. The responsibilities of this person include the following:
Promoting and encouraging the development, delivery and improvement of recreational projects, infrastructure and activities including land, water and air based activities
Development, improvement and promotion of other outdoor recreational activities, including mountain access
Management of the Walks Scheme
Walk of the Month: The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail - Aughagower to Murrisk
Letterkeen Forest near Newport, Co. Mayo
The Walks Scheme
The Walks Scheme is administered by South West Mayo Development Company with the assistance of the National Trails Office at the Irish Sports Council and Fáilte Ireland and in association with local walking management committees and Local Authorities on behalf of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
It is a national scheme and open to all landholders on National Waymarked Ways, Looped Walking Routes and Heritage Routes along with other trails that have been approved by the National Trails Office. The scheme will only operate where there is agreement on the entire walk and will not be available for part of a walk.
The Walks Scheme is aimed at private landowners who will be paid to carry out a specified and agreed maintenance plan for approved walking routes through their lands (5-year contracts).