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Members of Cork County Council recently adopted draft trails for Tourism, a policy to maximise the economic benefit to the County which was drafted by members of the Tourism Strategic Policy Committee. It is intended to pilot the actions set out in the policy on seven existing trails, including a section of the Blackwater Way and the Ballyhoura Mountain Bikes Trails. The policy gives priority to walking and cycling trails and highlights the benefit for a variety of groups. It is intended to establish a County Trails Register which will build on the existing National Trails Office register and detail, not only the trails and their degree of difficulty, but also associated amenities, such as place to stay, places to eat, visitor attractions, car parking, retail outlets etc., maximizing the economic benefits. The crucial element is in encouraging interaction between the trails and their environs.

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