There is nothing quite like walking to get you away from all the hustle and bustle. Fresh air, open surroundings and exhilarating views! Plus, it’s a great form of exercise to keep healthy and improve your fitness.
Walking close to water along Ireland’s shores presents its own challenges and should never be underestimated. If you intend to walk on your own or as part of a walking group, we can all take steps to stay safe. Follow our handy tips for both inexperienced and advanced walkers and you will be set to go.
- Before departing for your walk, always check the weather forecast. Ensure no yellow, orange or red warnings in place.
- Check the time of the tides and be cautious of the risk of stranding due to tides. Carry a well charged phone – dial 112 if you feel that you are likely to get stranded or if you / a member of your group gets injured and requires assistance.
- Always let someone know where you are leaving from and going to, as well as what time you expect to return.
- If the walk is not well signposted, carry a map and compass. Fog can come down very quickly in coastal areas.
- Be aware of all edges around the sea and waterside. Slips and falls happen in all locations; it is not just high cliff edges that are a risk.
- Be careful when walking in dark and slippery conditions.
- If you are walking your dog never follow it in to the water, call 112 instead.