Aoife, originally from Dublin but since starting this project have also lived in Meath and most recently moved to Galway. A mama of two toddlers passionate about the outdoors, being active as a family and doing my best to keep mentally and physically fit.
Walking has always been a huge part of our life so when our first child was born four years ago we wanted to share this love with her. I also wanted to continue to enjoy the benefits of regular exercise on my physical, mental and emotional health. However the outdoors is a different place when walking with a buggy, so we soon realised that many of our favourite spots were inaccessible. When searching online for information on walks suitable for small wheels we learned that no such data exists. And so BuggyWalks Ireland was born. However as our little people grow and grow out of their buggies we have changed our name for the third and final time to FamilyWalks Ireland.
We created this database to document accessible buggy-friendly family walks around Ireland as we discover them, providing descriptions of facilities and sights/landmarks etc. All of this is with a view to sharing them and encourage others to get out and be active together. The long term goal is to create an interactive website. Who knows maybe an app someday !
So far we have visited 19 counties and documented over 100 walks and have received some great walks from other fellow walkers too. Through day trips and holidays we hope to record walks in each county in Ireland (so we’re over half-way there).
As you can imagine this is a mammoth task to pursue so we are asking for your assistance and input. Get involved by sharing accessible, family-friendly walks in your area, or document them yourself so we can re-post it and build this database for all to share. In order to share a walk do one of the following:
- Tag @familywalksire and use the #familywalksireland on Instagram to share your walk with us
- Tag us on Facebook @familywalksire so we can share it on our page and add it to the database
- Email us at email@example.com with details and a photo (or more) which we can then share on social media and the website.
All credit will be given to anyone who shares their photos and walks with us. Links back to your own account/website will also be included.
Happy walking x