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Walking Routes in County Kildare

County Kildare is well endowed with a good range of recreational walking routes in towns, forest parks and along canal tow path trails with significant natural and built heritage of interest to tourist visitors and citizens of Kildare alike. The routes are accessible to all levels of walker by virtue of being lowland walks along way marked ways that do not require specialist navigation skills or mountaineering equipment.

In 2005 Kildare County Council commissioned a report on walking routes and trails in the County. This report proposed several routes to be promoted in the county as heritage routes. These heritage walking routes contain excellent examples of both built and natural heritage features in Kildare. The report can be downloaded below and maps and diagrams of the trails are also available.

An assessment of walking Routes in County Kildare from a heritage perspective

CSA Group Ltd. were contracted to identify the full range of established recreational walking routes in the county to assess their overall quality, character, management status and potential for creating awareness and appreciation of the county’s heritage. 

These twenty-six walks were selected for evaluation, however due to budget and time constraints 12 of the walks were given a map and physical audit with stakeholder consultation. The remainder of the walks received a map-based audit with stakeholder consultation.

The 12 routes were assessed under the following headings:

  •         Nature and characteristics of the route
  •         Physical attributes of the route
  •         Management and Organisational Structure
  •        Commercial attributes of the route
  •        Marketing issues


A general countywide and also walk specific recommendations were made for development and promotion of walking routes in Kildare, Recommendations were made as to how these would be funded and an indicative promotional budget for walking routes in the County was provided. Suggestions as to how to assess the success of such strategies were given.

Further to the above recommendations a development plan and promotional strategy was provided for each of the highest scoring walks.

Kildare Walking Routes Report

File Size: 1,070KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Slí na Sláinte

Slí na Sláinte stands for ‘Path to Health’ and is a health promotion initiative of the Irish Heart Foundation, aimed at encouraging people of all ages and abilities to walk for pleasure and general health. A network of marked and measured walking routes, there are approximately 130 Sli na Slainte routes in place throughout the country.

Slí na Sláinte routes in County Kildare

There are several Slí na Sláinte routes in County Kildare, below you can download maps and descriptions of several of these routes.

Athy Slí na Sláinte Walking Route Map and Description

File Size: 149KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Clane Slí na Sláinte Walking Route Map and Description

File Size: 170KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Kilcullen Slí na Sláinte Walking Route Map and Description

File Size: 148KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Naas Slí na Sláinte Walking Route Map and Description

File Size: 283KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf