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30th June 2020, 20:27

Government publishes Command Paper for Bill to establish walking routes in Gibraltar, to be known as the National Trails

The Government has published a Command Paper for a bill to establish walking routes in Gibraltar, to be known as the National Trails.

The Ministry of the Environment says the Gibraltar National Trails will cover many of the popular routes for walkers, as well as other paths within the Nature Reserve. It adds some trails may already be open, while others will be opened up in future.

The Government highlights that the routes include established walks like Mediterranean Steps and Martin’s Path on the Upper Rock – as well as lesser-known areas such as Blackstrap Cove on the East Side and Devil’s Tooth Path in the South District, set to open when clearing works have been carried out. It adds that the path around Europa Point will be reopened when the works for the sports facilities are completed.

The Government says it will provide signposting and interpretation, targeted both at Gibraltar residents and at visitors to the Rock. Minister for the Environment, John Cortes, said he believes recognising the National Trails in law will encourage walking and enjoyment of Gibraltar’s landscape as well as its cultural and natural heritage, and will no doubt attract others to the Rock to enjoy these too.