Trail Gazers aims to revitalise, regenerate and re-imagine rural communities by developing a shared vision for the future sustainable development of the trail site, its natural and cultural assets and surrounding towns villages and countryside. This future vision is community led, evidenced based and enshrined in the concept of slow tourism which these small communities can sustainably manage. It will target walking and cycling visitors, who are interested in the unique experience offered by small rural or often remote areas that are steeped in a rich array of natural, built and cultural heritage.
Trail Gazers project will determine the impact of significant investment which has been made over the years into developing walking and recreational trails across the Atlantic Area on sustaining rural communities and will explore innovative ways that this impact can be enhanced. The project will nurture community trail ambassadors, develop community trail plans and provide a model of best practice for how these trails can become catalysts for the long term development of small rural communities in the Atlantic Area. It will strive to showcase the regions’ rich natural and cultural heritage and allowing visitors to safely navigate and enjoy the regions’ most precious assets.
The pilot trails for this project will be located in eight partner regions: Plazaola (Navarra, Spain), Chemin De Mémoires (Brittany, France), Taff Trail (South Wales), La Caldera de Taburiente (Canary Islands), Knocknarea/Killaspugbrone Loop (Sligo, Ireland), Inch Levels (Donegal, Ireland), Sacred Mountain (Portugal), Seven Hanging Valleys (Portugal).
The Trail Gazers Project is funded through the Atlantic Area Programme to the value of €2.6 million. Donegal County Council is the lead partner, with 9 other partners.
Field of action: Rural development
Geographical coverage: Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and France
Link to the web page: www.trailgazers.eu