Vision Sports Ireland and Get Ireland Walking aims to create walking opportunities for people who are blind and vision impaired, with the aim of establishing a monthly walking programme in each county across the country. Walks are led by a fully qualified Get Ireland Walking Leaders and volunteers will be on hand to support and guide where necessary. It is an ideal family activity where adults and children alike can enjoy an activity together as equals.
Benefits of walking
To many, walking is an activity that may be taken for granted. There are so many benefits to be derived from a regular brisk walk, both from a physical and mental perspective. They include general health, muscle tone and strength, weight control, sleep quality and a general feeling of wellbeing. It can also be a very sociable activity.
Vision-impaired walking groups
The main vision impaired walking group is organised by the National League of the Blind Walking Group. There are other VI walking groups, mainly in the cities, around Ireland. The biggest group outside Dublin can be found in Cork. Walks are organised on a regular basis and accommodate different levels of ability.