by admin on 21/07/2011 is a website full of resources for teachers who wish to use the local environment to develop a trail for pupils to explore. The website itself explains that, “A trail is an organised or structured walk for the purpose of observing and exploring different aspects of the built and natural environment. It focuses on specific points of interest so that a field study is engaging and beneficial to pupils and teachers”. A trail is activity based and can be relevant to any area of education. Topics may include Environmental Studies, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Arts.

The site details the main aims and skills that are developed by using a trail as an educational methodology. It shows how to compile a trail, how to choose a route and things to take note of. It shows how to vary the different types of questions used in the trail as well as safety issues that need to be taken into consideration. However, the great thing about the site is that it provides the teacher with lots of resources to put a trail together. It provides graphics on stops, senses, activities and directions to be used when putting the document together. There are samples and templates of trails to view and there is also a trail builder which the teacher can use to put their own trail together. Videos are also used throughout the site to demonstrate different aspects of the trails process. All in all, this site is well worth a visit if you are putting together a trail in your local environment.

(There is an Irish version of this site but it does not appear to be working at the moment.)

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Caroline Jolley November 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I can’t access the website

admin December 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Caroline, I’m making enquiries about this at the moment. I’ll get back to you when I have some more information.

admin December 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Hi Caroline, the website is back up and running.

Bríd February 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm

The website seems to be down again.

Anette Flynn February 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

I can’t seem to access the website either. Just wondering if you know whether the resource is still available?

admin February 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I’m making enquiries at the moment and as soon as I have more information, I’ll post it here.

Deirdre February 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

Hi is there any information available yet on this website? I am still unable to get it. Looks like it could be great, very disappointing.

admin February 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I’ve still no information Deirdre. I received no reply to my last email so I’ve emailed them again. I’ll post a reply here as soon as I hear from them.

admin February 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Just got an email reply to say that the site is being fixed by the hosting company at the moment and should be back online soon. Keep an eye out for its return at

Bríd February 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Thank you.

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