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Quality Walk Scheme

What are Quality Walks?

The assessment of Northern Ireland’s walking routes has been carried out by walkers for walkers. By choosing a Quality Walk you can leave home with the knowledge your selected route is one of the best Northern Ireland has to offer!

In order to continue the strategic development of walking in Northern Ireland, Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland has taken the lead in the identification and promotion of Northern Ireland’s best short, medium and long distance walking routes. All Quality Walks have been accredited in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

What can you expect from a Quality Walk?

All of the walks contained within have been assessed on the ground.

This involves consideration of the following –

1. At the Trailhead or start of the walk: availability of car parking, toilets and information on the walk.

2. On the walk: signage in place, the amount and type of walking off-road and also the amount and type of walking on road.

3. As part of the overall walk assessment, consideration is given as to whether the walk is through scenic landscapes and if the walk is suitable for the tourist market.

How is a Quality Walk Identified?

All Quality Walks should display the relevant 'Quality Stamp' at the start and finish of the walk.

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