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St. Declan’s Way featured in Irish Times as “The Irish Camino”.

St. Declan’s Way, Ireland’s longest Pilgrim Path at 115km, has caught national attention as the Irish Times describe the trail as “The Irish Camino”. The continued maintenance of this nationally significant trail is supported by Waterford LEADER Partnership.

The Irish Times describe St. Declan’s Way as a trail that could “rival the Spanish Camino with a walking experience based around slow-tourism and mindfulness”.

St. Declan’s Way provides opportunities to appreciate the varied landscapes of Co. Waterford, entering the county over the Knockmealdown Mountains, crossing lush countryside and ending in the seaside village of Ardmore.

52 landowners are supported by Waterford LEADER Partnership, via the Department of Rural and Community Development Walks Scheme, to maintain the sections of this iconic trail which pass through their land.

Waterford LEADER Partnership also contributed to the development of the St. Declan’s Way 5-year Strategic Plan via the LEADER Programme. The St. Declan’s Way Strategic Plan can be viewed here: St-Declans-Way-Strategic-Plan-_-2024-to-2028.pdf

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Photo Credit: The Irish Times, 2024.


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