Further recognition for the Coachford Greenway multi-purpose amenity at Inniscarra Lake in County Cork from Sport Ireland. Its not all about angling!
The National Coarse Fishing Federation representing Ireland’s coarse and predator anglers, and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd are proud to announce that Coachford Greenway in County Cork has been awarded National Waymarked Trails status from Sport Ireland. This achievement wholly supports our objectives to develop fisheries with facilities that can also be used by other outdoor recreational users whilst supporting the environment and our bio-diversity.
In 2016 the NCFFI consulted Sport Ireland for their recommendations on the facility and working with Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd have implemented the works required to achieve this status. The venue is already an internationally recognised world class angling facility and now has its place on the map as a linear trail. Already used heavily by the local community the Greenway is situated in the beautiful Lee Valley enhances the offering of the local area to the visiting outdoor enthusiast.
The 2.8km Linear Park is a purpose built off-road trail developed to provide a safe recreational facility for walkers, cyclists and anglers. The walkway has been graded as Easy provides for a 1hr 30-minute leisurely walk or 30 min cycle ride. En route visitors can enjoy beautiful flora and fauna; animals and birdlife that live on or near the water to include Heron’s, Kingfishers, Geese and the occasional sea eagle. At the trailhead there is free parking for over 20 cars with vehicular access to the walkway itself limited. Anglers can access the trail by signing for a key at O’Callaghan’s Bar in Coachford. There is a 15kph speed limit and plenty of lay-by areas to keep the route safe for walkers and cyclists. The venue also presents perfect viewing opportunities for rowing activities on the lake being situated directly opposite the Rowing Ireland Headquarters.
The trail is clearly signposted and just 2km from all the facilities of Coachford village. This along with easy access to a number of towns and villages in the Lee Valley provides a further boost for domestic and even overseas tourism in the area.
Tommy Lawton speaking on behalf of the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd says: –
This recognition awards the efforts of those members of the NCFFI executive, the directors of Inniscarra Lake Tourism development and our partners and is very proudly received by all involved. The key to it’s success is the local community working with sponsors and partners to promote the venue with support from the landowners ESB. Funding awarded from Cork County Council, Rob Allen Engineering, Martin O’Mahony QS, National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd via the REDZ scheme enabled us to enhance the Greenway with the addition of signage, way markers and most recently with seating. The Coachford Greenway is a direct source of benefit to the local economy which will now be enhanced with additional promotion available from www.irishtrails.ie. To extend the Greenway to commence in Coachford Village and continue around the lake would make for an attractive addition for the future. Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited who are responsible for the day to day management of the facility are a voluntary organisation and welcome donations from users to help with the upkeep