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National Walking Week 2022

Published: August 29, 2022

National Walking Week takes place from September 19th to 25th, to celebrate the week, we’ve teamed up with Lismore Heritage Centre to run a number of FREE guided walks.

There are a variety of walks with a range of distances to cater for everyone, the short tour of the town is 1km and the longest walk is St. Declan’s Way at 7km. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the walks. We look forward you at the walks!


Monday 19th September
11am – 12.15pm
Guided walk along banks of the River Blackwater to the Motte and Bailey (5.5km). BOOK HERE
Tuesday 20th September
2 to 3pm
Guided Lady Louisa’s Walk (3km)
Wednesday 21st September
2 to 3pm
Guided Walk of Ballysaggartmore Towers (3km) BOOK HERE
Thursday 22nd September 11am  – 12pm Lismore Town Walk (1km).
Friday 23rd September 11.30am  – 1pm St. Declan’s Way (7km slightly strenuous) BOOK HERE

For more information please contact:
Liz McEnaney on 086 783 7385
or email


Published: December 17, 2021

Waterford GAA Clubs are invited to submit an application for funding to support the organisation of a safe and accessible Operation Transformation Walk for club members and the wider community on Sunday 16th January 2022 at 11am.

The fund is limited, therefore preference will be given to clubs that have signed up to the ‘Ireland Lights Up’ campaign, and we will also aim to support a spread of venues across the county if possible.


Please read the criteria carefully before applying.
Closing date for applications is strictly Monday 10th January 2022 at 5pm.

For more details please contact Pauline Casey,, 087-7837385.

 Please visit for more details about the ‘Ireland Lights Up’ Walking Campaign 2022.


NOW BOOKING! Introduction to Mountain Navigation

Published: September 8, 2021

To celebrate National Walking Day on Sunday 26th September, we are teaming up with Mountaineering Ireland to run an Introduction to Mountain Navigation Training Session.

This is ideal for those who are already hiking but who wish to gain confidence on the hills as navigators, thus increasing their skills to stay safe and the ability to explore unfamiliar terrain and new locations.

Sunday 26th September | 10am to 4pm

Meeting Point: Applegreen Lemybrien @10am.

Training area: Araglin Valley, Comeragh Mountains.

Max distance: 7km | Max Height: 300m | Map sheet: 75

Cost: €10pp |  Book HERE

For more information please contact:
Pauline Casey on 076 110 2682 or



Keep Well – let’s Get Ireland Walking into 2021

Published: December 14, 2020

New ‘Keep Well’ Walking Challenge launched to encourage people to walk for 30 minutes every day for three weeks

The Keep Well campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routine

Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking and Healthy Ireland are encouraging people of all ages to walk into 2021 by taking part in the Keep Well Walking Challenge.

Walking is the most accessible form of physical activity with no special equipment or locations required. Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking and Healthy Ireland are looking to get as many people as possible out and active for at least 30 minutes a day for the remaining 21 days of December, bringing a healthy habit forward to the New Year.

To support this, Get Ireland Walking has produced a new app that will allow users to keep a record of their walking and help all participants to stay motivated. The handy app will provide useful tips on advice on how to build walking into every day routines. It can be downloaded at

As part of the 21-day campaign, well-known people from across Ireland will share their favourite walk of 2020, whether it is a socially distanced walk with a loved-one or simply a lunchtime escape from the bedroom office.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD said: “The benefits of physical activity are undisputed and walking is the most accessible form of physical activity available. I am delighted to say that I will be taking part in the Keep Well Walking Challenge and have already downloaded the app to help keep me motivated and track my progress through the month of December.”

Minister for State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Sport Jack Chambers TD added: “Walking is a brilliant form of physical activity that is accessible to all and despite everything that has happened it 2020 it was wonderful to see the numbers of people that have become involved in recreational walking – it’s a great sign for the health of the nation. The Keep Well Walking Challenge will help keep people active right up to the end of the year and we are delighted to be able to launch it today.”

Frank Feighan TD, Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing added:I’m absolutely delighted to support this great initiative as part of the Healthy Ireland Keep Well campaign. I firmly believe that the ‘Get Ireland Walking App’, launched today, will be a very helpful tool in helping people to remember to get out and about and to do some physical activity every day. I encourage everyone to take on this challenge for the last 21 days of the year and make sure that they are starting the new year off on a good footing. So let’s all try and contact our friends and family members to help with the challenge, lace up those shoes, pull on that coat and get out walking”.

John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland commented: “It is hugely encouraging to see that the levels of recreational walking in Ireland are higher than ever. Physical activity is vital for the health of the nation, mental as well as physical, and one of the positives to come out of 2020 is that people now recognise the importance of physical activity as part of their daily lives. The Keep Well Walking Challenge and the new app will further help walking become part of people’s habits.”

Jason King, National Programme Manager Get Ireland Walking commented: “The benefits of walking cannot be underestimated both for individuals and the country as a whole. We really think that the Get Ireland Walking app will help keep people motivated through December, a time when people can become a little less active, and help them approach 2021 in a positive frame of mind and in good health – mental and physical.”

The Keep Well Walking Challenge is part of Keep Well. The Keep Well campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. It provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can make a plan to do things that will help us keep well through the coming months. 

Walk for Life 2020

Published: January 14, 2020

We host our Walk for Life series regularly throughout the year, typically in Autumn, Spring & Summer. Each series consists of four accessible walks for over 50’s and people with a disability.

The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks.


For more information please contact Rachel Sinnott
on  087 739 6050
or email:

Walk Waterford | Woodland Series

Published: August 27, 2019

Are you a walker, a social stroller, a family,
a local looking for something to do to get more active? Why not join us for Walk Waterford 2019?

A series of FOUR WALKS this OCTOBER . . .
. . . all suitable for families & leisure walkers

Sunday 6th October @ 10.30am
Colligan Woods Walk
Dungarvan | Co. Waterford

Meeting Point: Colligan Woods Car Park

Sunday 13th October @ 10.30am
Dunmore East Wood Walk
Meeting Point: Beside the tennis courts opposite the Haven Hotel.

Sunday 20th October @ 10.30am
The Towers Ballysaggart
Lismore | Co. Waterford

Meeting Point: Car park at the Towers.

Sunday 27th October @ 10.30am
Glenshelane Woods Walk
Cappoquin | Co. Waterford

Meeting Point: Car park at the woods.

Book your place HERE now | €2pp | FREE for U16’s
For more information please contact
Pauline Casey on 0761 10 2682/086 7837385

Shed’s for Life Programme

Published: May 17, 2019

In April we embarked on the ‘Sheds for Life Programme. A joint initiative between Local Sports Partnerships, Get Ireland Walking and local men’s Sheds. The aim of the programme is to assist Men’s Shed members to get more physically active in their daily lives. We worked with four sheds in Waterford; Waterford Men’s Shed, Deise Men’s Shed, Waterford Estuary Men’s Shed and Dungarvan Men’s Shed. During the ten week programme the men took part in five ‘tutor led’ activities and were then went on to co-ordinate their own activities for a further five weeks.

On Monday 13th May, we coordinated a celebration day for the ten week ‘Sheds for Life’ Programme at WIT Arena. Seventeen men from the four sheds took part in a ninety minute fun activity session to mark the end of the 10 week programme which saw laughter and sweat in equal measure. The celebration day involved 25 minutes of Fun and Run hosted by Eoin Breathnach from Waterford GAA; WSP Development Officer, Peter Jones delivered some fun Go for Life games and Mark Barry from the FAI delivered some walking football to round off a great morning. It was also great to see our ‘Shed for Life’ tutors Shane Dineen, Lauren Walsh Kett and Brian O’Neill present and a big thank you to them for all of their hard work.The day was a great success and a suitable finale giving the men some more ideas to keep exercise as a natural part of their daily routine! Well done to all involved.

For more information please contact Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or



Published: December 5, 2018

Walk Your Way To A Healthier Lifestyle!

Walking is one of the easiest ways to be more physically active and plays a significant role in reducing the risk of heart disease. Walking is a great way to burn calories, tone arms and leg, but most importantly it is a form of exercise which requires no equipment, is accessible to everyone and is free. It is perfect for achieving and maintaining a healthier heart and a happier you. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing and desire!

Getting Started

If you can only walk for a couple of minutes and then you need to rest that’s OK. Where you start from isn’t important – it’s where you’re going that counts!

Try to walk on most days of the week – start with a 10-minute walk and gradually increase the time spent walking. Don’t overdo it on the first attempt. If very unfit start by walking every other day. Build it up bit-by-bit and set realistic goals.

To obtain health benefits a 30-minute walk daily is all that is needed. This can be broken down into 3 sessions of 10 minutes – that’s just as good.

How to fit 30 minutes walking into a busy day!
– Think before you drive less than a mile – walk to the local shop or post box
– Get off the bus a stop earlier
– Park the car further away from the supermarket
– Walk the children to school – walk at a fairly fast pace once you are on your own on the way back
– Take the stairs instead of the lift
– Go on foot. If you normally drive to see a friend who lives nearby, walk instead
– Enjoy a walking lunch – walk to the park and eat your sandwiches
– Walk to the shops the long way
– Throw away the remote control!

For more information on walking opportunities please contact Pauline Casey as follows:

Phone: 0761 10 2619 | Mobile: (086)7837385

Tramore Slí na Sláinte Route

Published: June 11, 2018

The Tramore Slí is a 4.9km route, which starts on Church Road and follows the coastline along the Doneraile Walk. On your immediate left you will see Tramore Strand, which stretches for almost 3 miles. In the distance you will notice the sand dunes, which are some of the highest dunes in Ireland. You will also see Tramore Promenade and Amusement Park. The Doneraile Walk is home to many historical features, which reflect the maritime nature of Tramore. An ancient canon gun lies on top of the cliff overlooking the entrance to the bay. On your right a Memorial Stone has been erected to commemorate the military victims of the Sea Horse Tragedy (1816) in Tramore Bay, when 363 people were drowned.At the end of the Doneraile Walk you will be greeted by a series of steps, which lead onto The Cove. A Haunted Well is located at the foot of the steps, so beware the spirits that are occasionally seen at midnight! Turning left towards Lady Elizabeth’s Cove you will notice the meandering ramps on the right. Proceed up the ramps, which will terminate at the Cliff Road. The Cliff Road runs parallel to the cliff face until it reaches the Guillameen, which formerly used to be a ‘male preserve’ but has since become a mixed bathing area. From the Guillameen you can see three 18 metre high pillars. The Metal Man (1824), perched on the pillar centre, warns mariners of the dangers of Tramore Bay. On leaving the Guillameen, turn left off the main road and down towards Newtown Glen. In the Glen, underneath the canopy of the trees and alongside the gently flowing stream, you will see some beautiful native flora and fauna. Continue along the woodland path and turn left once you reach the Cliff Road again. Turn right at next T-junction. Along this road you will encounter some of the many leisure facilities that Tramore boasts, namely Newtown Camping and Caravan Park, Newtown Golf Practice Range and Tramore Golf Club. On passing the golf club you will descend down Newtown Hill and back again onto Church Road where you will see the Anglican Christ Church (1850) on your left. The adjacent graveyard contains a Cenotaph to those who perished in the Sea Horse Tragedy.


Stradbally Slí na Sláinte Route

Published: June 11, 2018

The Slí begins at the Barrack Cross in Stradbally Village. On reading the mapsign, follow the directional signs up the hill where the Tramore coastline comes into view. On a clear day it is possible to see the Hook Head lighthouse from this point. Descend the hill to Ballyvooney Cove with views of Gull Island to your right. The route continues past the cove uphill, where you will be able to see the majestic Comeragh Mountains to your left. Keep going along this route to the junction of the coast road to Bonmahon, past the Littlewood Gardens where the route turns left. At the next junction take another left turn and you will pass Tobber Cill Eilbe and two Ogham Stones. Traditionally this Holy Well was thought to have curative properties on the Cunningham Farm. Continuing past the GAA centre and playing field you are now in view of the village once more. Descend the hill to bring you back to your start point where you can feel proud having completed the 4.6km.

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