Free Spring Walks Series around the County
Following on from the very successful Operation Transformation walk in Lissycasey recently, Clare Sports Partnership are teaming up with Clare's Rural Recreation Officer and Trails Animator as well as local community groups and walking clubs to organise a walk a month for the next 4 months.
The first of these walks will take place on Saturday February 25th on one of the many National looped walks in County Clare, this time in East Clare on the 7km Erina Bridge Looped Walk, in the lovely village of O' Briensbridge. The walk will start at 12 noon sharp and will be led by Clare Sports Partnership along with members of the O'Briens Bridge community. Brian Goggin, Waterways Historian, will also give a short talk at the Capstan and The Anchor - two important waterway's artifacts which are located side by side at the start of the Erina Bridge /Green Loop.
John Sweeney, co-ordinator of the Clare Sports Partnership said:
"We are delighted to be highlighting and promoting this walk as part of our Spring Walk Series in a very unique and historically rich area alongside the Erina canal in the Eastern part of the county. Clare Spring Water have kindly come on board and are providing free water for walker. We are grateful to the Clare Trails Programme, especially Eimear Mc Carthy the Rural Recreation Officer for her input and work on this project. Walking is a great way to get active and to stay healthy. We are trying to promote the idea that all it takes is 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle."
The development and maintenance of a total of 4 looped walks in the area is a credit to the O'Briensbridge community group. The group has also recently developed a Heritage guide for the area, which will be available to walkers on the day. And to support the February walk even further the local O' Briensbridge community group is teaming up with Bonners local pub to provide tea/coffee and sandwiches to hungry walkers after the event. The village also has a lovely new playground, so this could be a lovely day out for all the family.
Eimer McCarthy, Rural Recreation Officer said:
"We are hoping that the free guided walk, complimentary refreshments and playground in this lovely village set on the canal, will attract people from the town of Ennis, Limerick, and from O' Briensbridge and the surrounding villages, and encourage people to realize and explore the many fantastic outdoor recreation options all around County Clare".
The walk forms part of the Shannon Region Trails selection of looped walks in the County, and the Spring Walks Series are supported by Clare Trails Steering Group. There are several looped walks, long distance waymarked ways and Sli na Slainte routes in the county, and they can be accessed free of charge, with maps and details of all walks downloadable from www.shannonregiontrails.ie
The Erina Bridge looped walk is suitable for all the family, and is accessible for sturdy buggies. The walk is not accessible for wheelchairs. Please wear good strong walking shoes, as sections of paths can be wet at this time of year. Wear warm clothes and bring waterproof gear. For further information, please call Catherine on 065 6865434 or see www.claresportspartnership.ie for more details and to download a map of the route. This initiative has received funding from the Irish Sports Council.