The IrelandWays.com team is delighted to be supporting the Burren Way Volunteer Warden Scheme as part of our annual Greenlife Fund, promoting responsible travel and inspirational projects.
Clare Get Sidetracked in partnership with the Burren Way walking trail launched the Volunteer Trail Warden program in Lough Avalla Farm Loop this week. A team of 5 rangers will patrol their section of the trail on a monthly basis reporting back any issues they find along the route to Clare Rural Recreation Officer Eoin Hogan. Their goal is to keep the trail in top shape for both visitors and the community to enjoy.
The team of volunteer wardens is made up of walking guides and landowners who have been kitted out with waterproof jackets, rainproof clipboards and personalised inspection sheets to allow them to record their monthly inspections of different aspects of the Burren Way. Trail wardens include Pat Sweeney, Eileen Jeuken, Mary Howard, Eoin Hogan and Sarah Clancy (all pictured in the image attached).
The Burren Way is a 114km long distance walking trail around the Burren in North West Clare. The walk starts in the beach town of Lahinch, taking hikers across the beautiful Burren landscape. The route includes the Cliffs of Moher coastal trail, the most visited attraction in the country with over half a million users on the trail in 2015.
The walking trail is managed by Burren Way Ltd in partnership with Clare Rural Recreation Officer, Eoin Hogan. IrelandWays.com is delighted to support the maintenance and management of the trail with the Greenlife Fund.
“We set up a responsible travel fund to support, encourage and promote eco-friendly travel projects and inspirational causes. We are pleased to be a part of this unique program which will address ongoing issues with trail maintenance such as broken stiles, missing arrows and any safety measures that may need to be implemented on the route so everyone can enjoy this fantastic route,” explains Roland Monsegu, Greenlife Tours director.
Each year, the Greenlife Fund supports a project that encourages sustainable and responsible travel or is inspirational for travellers, related to one of the Greenlife Tours destinations: Camino de Santiago (CaminoWays.com), Via Francigena (FrancigenaWays.com) and Ireland.
Previous projects assisted through the Greenlife Fund included ‘A Greener Future’ run by two Canadian environmentalists who carried out a huge clean up effort on the Camino Portugues, collecting over 6,000 pieces of litter. The 2013 project was ‘I’ll Push You’, a story of best friends Patrick and Justin who raised awareness about travel and disabilities completing the 800kms of the Camino together.
If you would like to know more about the Burren Way Volunteer Trail Warden program or more details on the Greenlife Fund please contact our marketing team.