Experience Dublin’s forests this National Walking Day

by Rachel Darcy

Dubliners are being encouraged to visit their local forest this weekend to take part in National Walking Day.

Coillte, who operate nine recreation forests around Dublin, are supporting the annual event, and are hoping Dubliners will take part regardless of age or ability.

National Walking Day aims to inspire people to get out and walk in their local areas, and to experience the great physical and mental wellbeing benefits of walking. It is an initiative by Get Ireland Walking, supported by Sport Ireland and takes place as part of the European Week of Sport.

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 COVID19 guidelines.

“Coillte wants to encourage local residents in County Dublin to take some time out of their day and enjoy their local landscape by participating in National Walking Day on 27th September and visiting one of your local Coillte forests, like Ticknock or the Hellfire Club.”

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.

Dublin has 9 Coillte recreation forests which are open to the public. To find out more about Coillte’s recreation offering visit their website here.

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