Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture and Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle opened the new Mining Heritage Walk Loop in Baravore, Glenmalure on Thursday the 24th of August.
“The trail which has been restored by Coillte runs along the old miners track and connects to the forest road leading on to An Óige hostel and the Table Track.
“This route allows walkers to discover the diverse and beautiful Wicklow countryside; it is an excellent addition to Ireland’s Ancient East and is sure to attract many tourists and visitors.
“The New Crusher House, a historic granite building on the walking route has also been refurbished. The building is one of thirteen across the country restored under the Adopt a Monument Scheme
“The Mining Heritage Walk Loop is an exploration into the past, allowing us walk in the footsteps of the miners who worked there over a century ago. The restoration of the walking trail and the New Crusher House will help promote the industrial history and heritage of Glenmalure.
“I would like to commend all of those involved in the development of this project including local groups and businesses; Glenmalure Pure mile group, An Oige, Glens of Lead, national bodies; Coillte, The Heritage Council, The Adopt a Monument Scheme and Wicklow County Council.
The opening of the Mining Heritage Walk Loop was organised to coincide with National Heritage Week 2017.