Time to dust of those hiking boots!
A brand new interactive brochure has just been launched, showcasing 15 of Cork’s most scenic nature trails.
The brochure, which was created
Located across the East Cork and Cork Harbour region, the locations have been handpicked so there is something to suit everyone. From morning hikes to Sunday strolls, family picnic spots to fishing areas, the list has been carefully curated.
The past few years have shown an increased demand for outdoor recreational spaces. Findings from a survey from the Central Statistics office last year discovered 55% more people spent more time outdoors than they did prior to the pandemic, with 97% of those who spent time in natural spaces felt healthier, and 93% felt happier afterwards.
The most popular activities taken up were hill walking (26%), hiking (24%), running (24%), cycling (22%), and sea swimming (21%).
Keep Moving in Nature provides a unique offering for visitors and locals. The brochure includes well known locations such as the Youghal Boardwalk and Ballincollig Regional Park, it also includes lesser-known gems such as the Knockadoon Cliff walk and Ballyannon Woods, and explorers can stumble upon historical features along the way.
Elga Ryan from SECAD Partnership CLG commented:
“Getting outside and staying active has never been more important. We are so lucky to have such incredible amenities right here on our doorstep, but sometimes, with so much choice, we don’t know where to start. Keep Walking in Nature is a prompt – its inspiration.
“We wanted to create something for people who might think ‘where will I go today?’ and can simply choose one of the 15 fantastic locations in the Ring of Cork. Funding from the Department of Community & Rural Development through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme made this project possible.”
The brochure means you can pick what’s right for you, for the time you have, or your mood on the day – or start at the top and tick off each activity, week by week.”
The Keep Moving in Nature is available for download on www.ringofcork.ie/outdoor/