Walking & Cycling
No Disturbances From Traffic, Just The Singing Of Birds
The Greenway. Mullingar to Athlone
This is a ‘must’ cycle for anyone who likes getting out on their bike. Have a look at the map, start in Mullingar and follow the path as it snakes along the canal to the head of the Greenway. For the next 40km you’re in biking heaven. You’ll meet everyone on the route from passionate enthusiasts to those out for the fresh air. This is a dedicated cycle path that follows the old rail track under arched bridges, through a tunnel and past beautiful countryside all the way to Athlone. With lots of entry and exit points, you can hop on and off to explore the villages and attractions along the way.
Pass under the old 3 arched bridge near Streamstown. Stop in Moate for a bite to eat and then park the bikes for a while to explore the beauty of Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park. When you’ve explored Athlone, there’s a lot more cycling still to be discovered. Use it as a base and spend a day at Lough Boora with it’s many cycle routes or head up to Hodson Bay and get on the South Roscommon trail.
Mullaghmeen is the largest planted beech forest in Western Europe with area of 1,000 acres, located on the Meath / Westmeath border overlooking Lough Sheelin, 9km from Castlepollard and 10km from Oldcastle. Car park opens from 08:00 to 20:00 hours. Along with beech, Sitka spruce, Scots pine, noble fir it also has a very interesting native tree collection. This is well worth a stop on the Mullaghmeen Summit Trail / Red Trail. The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan.
Enjoy the Glasson Trail which is signposted along the road and takes you through villages and unspoiled countryside. It lets you admire from a height at Ballykeeran the majestic inner lakes. Or experience the quiet secluded walk through the bog with no disturbances from traffic just the singing of birds and experience traditional turf (peat) cutting.
Other Walks include
Delvin, Canal Walk, Moate, Westmeath Way, Self Drive Trail, Belevedere Trail and Fore Trail.