Plans are afoot to have an East Cork pathway officially recognised as a tourist walking trail.
With scenic views of the Blackwater Estuary and just a strip of land between you and the Atlantic, the Slob Bank, Youghal, is considered one of the most beautiful walks in the area.
The purpose of the project is to further the opportunities for the public to enjoy the outdoors by expanding the route and further enhance Youghal’s tourism offering.
Under the Outdoor Recreational Scheme it’s hoped to include additional seating and new railings along the path on both sides.
The 3km track located on the Northern end of the town is flanked on the Eastern side by marshland, and on Western fringes by the Blackwater Estuary.
The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including Kingfisher and Egret, and is the winter residence for migrating Greenland White fronted geese.
The news comes as Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley requested solar lighting to be installed along the 3km path, allowing for evening walks.
The Independent Cllr told the July Sitting of the East Cork Municipality that, by developing the site, it would further enhance Youghal’s tourism offering.
“You can start at the Slob bank, continue to our beautiful seaside or Clockgate. Continue onto the Mall area, go out to the Lighthouse or the prom and onto our boardwalk.”
The Youghal based Cllr said with the Ironman Triathlon coming to Youghal for the next 3 years, the area needs to be enhanced and, by investing in the Slob Bank, would also help deter antisocial behaviour that takes place on occasion.
Municipal Officer, Helen Mulcahy, said the Council had carried out some low cost remedial works on a section of the walkway in anticipation of receiving further funding.
Ms Mulcahy confirmed that an Application is currently being prepared to have the Slob Bank recognised as an official walking route under the Outdoor Recreational Scheme.
“However”, she said, “the journey to receiving official status is a long process” she said.