Community Trails

Outdoor Recreation NI will create a networked trail plan for walkers, canoeists and cyclists within the Cuilcagh to Cleenish footprint area based upon existing trails and facilities as well as to potential sites linked to heritage activities and sites developed through the activity plan. The trails will also physically connect communities throughout the area to their local built and natural heritage and to each other. The trail network will be the golden thread that connects the current and future heritage assets developed by communities to existing trails and activities already provided by the larger heritage providers such as the Geopark and National Trust. Through in-depth community consultation within the programme plan we will identify and design a series of actual (utilising external funding) and “shovel ready” trails.

Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place has adopted the Leave No Trace principles and Geopark Code of Conduct

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace aims to help outdoor enthusiasts, instructors, guides and centres alike to;

  • Value the natural environment
  • Understand the impact of their activities
  • Enable them to make decisions to minimise that impact
  • Enjoy their activities in a sustainable way

The seven principles are;

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave It As You Find It
  5. Minimise the Effects of Fire
  6. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Others

To practice any of the Leave No Trace ethics is very simple:

Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.

GeoPark Code of Conduct

1. Leave what you find

Many of the species and formations in the Geopark are rare and important so please take only pictures of these remarkable landscapes.

2. Respect others

Many people work and live within the GeoPark, so help them out by refraining from blocking gates, damaging fences and make sure to respect livestock.

3. Keep to the trail

There are important habitats which are very sensitive to footsteps so help conserve them by staying on waymarked trails and keep yourself safe by steering clear of cliffs, bog holes and uneven terrain.

4. Take your litter home

Litter not only looks awful but can be eaten by wildlife,livestock and can end up in our waterways, so please help the environment by leaving only footprints.

5. Preparation is key

The weather in the GeoPark can change in the blink of an eye so make sure to take warm, waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear and very importantly - something to eat and drink.

6. Minimise fire risk

Uncontrolled fires can destroy hundreds of acres of habitat which take years to recover. Help prevent this by not throwing cigarette ends or glass/plastic bottles away which can cause ignition.

Cuilcagh to Cleenish - A Great Place

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