Roughan & O'Donovan is undertaking a feasibility study to examine the potential development a new walking and cycling trail through the valleys of South County Wicklow.

The scheme's promoter, Wicklow County Council, is hoping the trail could provide both a local recreational amenity and an attraction of sufficient scale to draw visitors to the area. 

The 35km long route could, by using sections of the former railway line that connected Woodenbridge to Shilleagh, provide a relatively flat, continuous and ‘ready-made’ trail.

Traversing both natural and built heritage, it would connect to towns and villages along the way, including:

  • Shillelagh
  • Tinahely
  • Annacurra
  • Aughrim
  • Woodenbridge
  • Arklow

Roughan & O'Donovan's feasibility study was specifically designed to allow for extensive consultations with interested stakeholders and the local community.

A community stakeholder group has formed, and it is providing invaluable local knowledge to the team and playing a pivotal role in landowner liaison.

In commenting on the project, John Bell, Roughan & O'Donovan, said:

We expect to complete the feasibility study by the end of 2017 and hope it will support the further advancement of the scheme.



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