Laois Walks festival launched

It’s almost time to get on the walking boots and explore the county on foot. The Laois Walks Festival will run for the months of July, and have added four new routes to next month’s popular festival, offering 23 guided walks at 21 scenic sites around Laois.

It’s almost time to get on the walking boots and explore the county on foot. The Laois Walks Festival will run for the months of July, and have added four new routes to next month’s popular festival, offering 23 guided walks at 21 scenic sites around Laois.

The festival which attracts walking groups from around the country, was launched last Friday by Laois County Council’s manager Peter Carey.

“The festival is going from strength to strength and forms part of the tourism calendar of events in Laois. I congratulate the committee for their work and I have no doubt the walking festival will once again be a great success”.

The Laois Walks committee, chaired by Dominic Hartnett, have developed the festival to promote their walks and to raise funds to insure and maintain them throughout the year. Mr Hartnett thanked the volunteers and also the landowners.

“We are indebted to the landowners for their continued co-operation, without their support the festival could never happen”, he said.

The new routes are located at The Derries, Capponellan Woods, Ballacolla and Gattabawn, developed by community groups, Coillte, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Laois Partnership, who secured a grant for it through their Rural Development Programme.

There will also limited places available on two Trail Walking Workshops, where people can learn about the right gear and locations of trails. Full details of the itinerary, workshops and discounted festival tickets are available by contacting Ann Lanigan at 057-8661900.

The voluntary committee is supported by Laois Partnership, Laois Sports Partnership, Failte Ireland and Laois County Council.