The County Development Plan is required to include objectives for the preservation of public rights of way. A public right of way is an important amenity providing valuable access to natural amenities and areas of natural beauty including the seashore, mountains, riverbanks and lakeshores. There are seven public rights of way identified in the current county development plan. The Council recognises the importance of maintaining established public rights of way.
Greenways are off-road routes for walkers and cyclists and are a valuable asset in terms of their tourism potential and as a recreational amenity for the local community. The Greenways Strategy ‘Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways’, launched in 2018, is a long term strategy with the aim of increasing the number, length and regional spread of greenways across the country. The Blessington Lake Loop, a 42km greenway around the Blessington Lakes incorporating Russborough House and the villages of Valleymount, Ballyknockan and Lacken, was awarded €5 million in funding in 2019. The Council have appointed consultants to examine the feasibility of building the East Coast Wicklow to Greystones Greenway. This Greenway will also be informed by the Irish Rail coastal erosion study. Wicklow County Council has consulted a number of agencies regarding the proposed Arklow to Shillelagh 35km Greenway which links in with Tinahely, Annacurra, Aughrim and Woodenbridge. The feasibility study and final route have yet to be finalised.