Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Get Ireland Walking

Get Ireland Walking is a national initiative which exists to maximise the number of people participating in walking; for health, wellbeing and fitness, throughout Ireland.


  • Unify and enable the efforts of all recreation, sporting and health promotion agencies and associations interested in promoting walking
  • Increase awareness and encourage widespread participation in walking
  • Identify and support all existing walking groups
  • Support the development of new walking groups
  • Encourage and inspire those that wish to be independent walkers to do so
  • Promote the benefits of walking
  • Provide groups with walking resources and online material

Get Ireland Walking programmes and initiatives

Active Community Walking Programme

The Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme aims to support the creation of vibrant walking communites throughout Ireland. The programme will work with communities to increase the capacity and potential of people with low levels of physical activity to become more active through walking. 

Cork Sports Partnership coordinate the programme locally in Cork and under the Active Community Walking programme provide walking facilitators to interested groups/communities over a period of 6-8 weeks to roll out the programme. These facilitators are provided free of charge under the GIW Active Community Walking Programme.

Cork Sports Partnership under the GIW ACWP  is seeking groups/communities who would like to get a walking club/group going in their area under this programme.   A trained facilitator will attend a number of sessions and provide advice/resources which will help the group become sustainable. 

If you are interested in availing of this programme please complete the expression of interest form here. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  Alison at 📩

Download Press Release here.

Woodlands for Health

This is a referral based walking programme designed by Coillte, Get Ireland Walking and Mental Health Ireland to help those suffering with mental health related problems get out into nature. It is based on research that shows the benefits of walking in nature on our mental health and general wellbeing. 

If you work in mental health, occupational therapy or other related health care services and would like to organise this programme for your participants please reach out to Alison at 

For more information on the programme click below.

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