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Slí na Sláinte Walk



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Slí na Sláinte stands for 'path to health'. Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation, it's the outgoing way to make walking far more enjoyable. Already, it's capturing the attention of the young and old, not only in Ireland but in Europe and other parts of the world too! And no wonder, because it's a fun healthy way for the average adult to accumulate the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on most, or preferably all days of the week.

Marked by bright colourful signposts which are not numbered and are situated at 1 km intervals, you'll find Slí na Sláinte walking routes all over Ireland.

Simply follow the Km signs, set your pace to suit your enjoyment and you'll quickly feel better and get fitter. You will also experience a great sense of achievement.

The Virginia Slí na Sláinte is 5.5km in length and is located in the Coillte, Deerpark Forest, just outside Virginia, Co. Cavan.

The circular route starts, and ends at the forest entrance, beside the car park (just off the Ballyjamesduff Road). It follows beautiful tree-lined paths winding through Deerpark Forest passing Virginia Golf Club, and skirting along the banks of Lough Ramor.

Suitable as a daytime route only and can be walked in both directions.

Sli na Slainte Walk Virginia, Co. Cavan

Slí na Sláinte is a simple and innovative scheme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk for leisure and good health. It uses attractive signage at Kilometre intervals on established walking routes. In addition to letting people know the distance they walk, the signs are designed to encourage people to walk more frequently and to enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. A regular programme of walking has many benefits. It:

  • keeps your heart strong
  • improves muscle strength
  • helps to manage your weight
  • makes you feel good
  • above enjoyable and fun

Slí na Sláinte can be implemented in your locality by the Local Authority in partnership with the community and (optional) other appropriate commercial organisations, and become part of the approved list of Slí routes. The Slí Network is both nation-wide and international. Heart Foundations in ten countries have implemented the scheme to date.

Omnibus Research conducted by Lansdowne Market Research showed that;

  • Three quarters of all those questioned walk for pleasure
  • Seven out of ten Slí na Sláinte walkers are interested in calculating their distance
  • Walkers on Slí na Sláinte routes walk for longer distances than the national average

Without any mention of Slí na Sláinte or the concept, 33% of respondents nationally have an interest in knowing distance walked. Follow up research showed that 63% of walkers on an existing Slí route thought that the distance signs were a benefit.

The research confirmed that the scheme is a worthwhile and important facility for the community, enabling users to effectively manage their health in a fun and positive way.


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