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  1. The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Pauline McDermott Tochar Valley Rural Community Network Community Centre, Clogher, Co. Mayo IRELAND. +353-949360891 www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com

  2. A Network of 18 Communities established in 1999 Aughagower, Balla, Ballintubber, Ballyglass, Ballyheane, Ballyvary, Belcarra, Brackloon/Drummin, Carnacon, Clogher, Hollymount, Islandeady, Killavally, Manulla, Mayo, Abbey, Murrisk, Partry, Tourmakeady. Image credit: Mark Waters, Flickr CC

  3. National Way-marked Way developed by the Tochar Valley Rural Community Network with assistance from local farmers and agencies

  4. National Way-marked Trails Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail No. 10

  5. Trail Overview • 61 km long, linear trail one-way, Balla to Croagh Patrick • Moderate to Hard Difficulty • Highest Point is 310 metres • Terrain: Woodland, Fields, Minor Roads, Mountain • Services available in villages • Requires 3 to 4 days

  6. Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s Holy Mountain

  7. Why Develop a Walking Trail? Who will walk? • Infrastructure for Locals • Community Development – Social engagement • Economic Development • Educational Facility • Environmental Awareness • Healthy Activity • Tourism Facility

  8. Research Issues • Type of Walk (e.g. Long Distance, Loop Walk, Heritage Trail.) • National Standards (e.g. Guidelines, Safety, Waymarking, etc.) • Route Finding, Access & Insurance (Rural farming area) • Development, Maintenance & Management of Trail

  9. Research Issues (continued) • Local Services, (e.g. Accommodation, Food, Transport, Entertainment) • Finance • Promotions, Marketing & Administration • Guides, Guide Training

  10. Target Markets • Northern Europeans – Students & Senior Walkers • Southern Europeans – Students & Younger Walkers • Great Britain & Ireland – All Ages • USA – Senior Walkers

  11. Annual 3-Day Festival

  12. Guiding Skills Training

  13. Walking Club

  14. Trail description How to get there Route Planner History & Heritage – 50 sites Available from: PocketGuidesIreland.com

  15. Award Winning Project “Pride of Place Award” in 2009

  16. Slovenian Ambassador on CPHT

  17. Contact Pauline at skerdagh@gmail.com or www.paulinemcdermott.com