Parts of the old West Cork Railway are to be re-opened as a pedestrian walkway in the long term.
There are 188 kilometres of former track stretching from the Cork City to Bantry. It includes the landmark “Chetwynd viaduct” just outside the City.
West Cork County Councillors have been shown a preliminary “feasibility study” today.
It confirms that the interest is there but that landowners will need to be contacted individually, and discussions must take place.
If the County Council can secure funds from Failte Ireland then 20 kilometre sections would be opened piecemeal near to Crosssharry, Bandon, Gaggin, Ballinascarthy and Clonakilty,
Further West… walkways could open near Bantry, Skibereen, Baltimore, and Schull.
We spoke with Cork County Councillor Declan Hurley