Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Cork Walking Celebration

About our celebration of Walking in Cork.

In 2023 we celebrated walking in Cork by holding Cork Walking Week. It may have wrapped up for 2023 but we look forward to our annual celebration of walking in 2024!

This celebration is an annual opportunity for us all to celebrate and promote local walking groups or clubs. Hillwalking and Community Walking groups around Cork are invited to host walks and invite the wider community so that we can spread the joy of walking. Each year the stakeholder network run various events, workshops and programmes which take place during the festival.   

We hope you will be able to join us and help ‘Get Cork Walking’ together at our next Cork Walking Celebration.  If you are a member of a walking group or club and would like to get involved please contact Walking Promotion Officer, Alison Chambers at 📩

Cork Walking Week will take place from the 23rd – 29th of September 2024.



Take a look back at Cork Walking Month 2022 here.


Following a turbulent few years and the ever increasing interest in walking and outdoor activity, Cork Walking Month made a return in May 2022.

The month-long celebration of walking took place throughout Cork and catered for people interested in getting more active through walking, getting involved in a programme or attending one of the many walking events.

Cork Sports Partnership along with local and national partners such as the Health Promotion and Improvement Dept. of the HSE South and Get Ireland Walking are committed to supporting walking groups, programmes and initiatives in Cork, and Cork Walking Month provided a fantastic focal point for people to experience walking events and activities locally.  Some of the key activities which took place included:

  • Walking Workshops
  • Cork Rebel Ramble Trail Walking Series
  • Walking Programmes
  • Walking Group & Club Events
  • Family & Schools Orienteering

Most programmes and events were open to beginners and those interested in perhaps trying a walking activity in a safe and supportive environment. 

For more information contact Walking Promotion Officer Alison Chambers 

Take a look back at Cork Walking Week 2023 here.

Cork Walking Week 2023 will take place from the 18th to 24th September

This campaign followed on from the success of the Walk21 International Conference which took place in Ireland in September 2022 and the subsequent establishment of the Get Cork Walking Initiative. For more information about this systems based approach which is bringing together stakeholders from  all over Cork that are invested in the promotion of walking take a look here:

The theme for CWW 2023 was: ‘Breaking Down Barriers: Normalising Walking’

In keeping with this theme we highlighted walking throughout all demographics and age groups throughout Cork city and county. Walking and wheeling can be part of our everyday lives in multiple ways. We can walk or wheel to work or school and we can incorporate walking and wheeling into our work day through walking meetings or active transportation. Our universities, schools and workplaces should prioritise helping the people of Cork to stay physically active for better mental and physical health, the health of the planet and even the economy. Social support and community services can also prioritise physical activity for their members and participants through the encouragement of walking and wheeling. 

The campaign also highlighted the stakeholders that are working to make Cork city and county a more accessible and safe place to get out walking and wheeling. Infrastructural developments coupled with determined advocacy for the prioritisation of walking and wheeling will help to break down barriers and normalise walking and wheeling. 

Take a look at our calendar of events to get involved and don’t forget to use the hashtags below throughout the week to highlight your own walking and wheeling experiences.

#getcorkwalking                                                      #NWD2023                                       #walkhikerunpushroll


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