Cheekpoint and Passage volunteers open up ancient pathway

A group of volunteers working on clearing the ‘Whortle’ pathway.

A group of volunteers working on clearing the ‘Whortle’ pathway.

Volunteer workers in Cheekpoint and Passage East have completed Phase 1 of a project which could help boost tourism numbers in East Waterford.

The famous ‘Whortle Walk’ (sometimes known as the Hurtle) between the two villages has some of the most breathtaking scenic views over the Suir Estuary.

However, in recent years, the ‘walk’ became very overgrown but now, for the first time in over a decade, it has been cleared to allow families excellent access to this right-of-way.

Inspired by Andy Doherty from Cheekpoint and some of his friends, groups of volunteers from Cheekpoint, Passage, Crooke and Fournought have given up their Sunday mornings over the past 2 months to clear briars and thick undergrowth.

Phase 2 will involve working with Don Tuohy from Waterford County Council and them hopefully putting up signs for the walk, which is named after the ‘Whortle’ berry, and stones on sections of the pathways where it’s still quite mucky. It’s hoped to promote the walk nationally and through Failte Ireland.

Access by cars is not encouraged and locals are being asked to remain vigilant in case of illegal dumping.

Those that helped clear the walk include Paul Duffin, Colm Power, Pat Moran, Tommy Sullivan, Robert Doherty, Bernard Cunningham, Joel Doherty, Damien Tiernan, Andrew Doherty, Dema Hutchinson, Gary Duggan, Micheal Burke and John Hogan, Pat Murphy, Adam Murphy and friend, Tommy Sullivan, Paul Kavanagh, Tomas Sullivan and Dermot Kavanagh.

The Cheekpoint group is due to meet in the Reading Room in Cheekpoint this coming Sunday 21st Feb at 10.30am to plan the next phase of work.

All interested are welcome to attend.

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