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Athlone to Mullingar Cycleway
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Bridge on the greenway
Length 42 kilometres (26 miles)
Location County Westmeath, Ireland
Use Cycling, Walking
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season Any
Surface Tarmac
Website Athlone.ie
EuroVelo Route 2
Map of the EuroVelo 2 route.

The Athlone to Mullingar Cycleway (also known as Old Rail Trail) is a long-distance cycling and walking trail in County Westmeath, which forms a section of the Dublin-Galway Greenway. It is a 42 kilometres long rail-trail over the disused Athlone-Mullingar rail line beginning in Athlone and ending in Mullingar.

History

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Looking towards Athlone
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Looking towards Mullingar

The route was originally opened c. 1850 as a railway line by the Midland Great Western Railway and was the first to reach Athlone from Dublin. The line was closed c. 1987 with trains using the former Great Southern and Western Railway line to reach Athlone.

The Moate-Garrycastle section was officially opened by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in October 2015. In September 2015 the Westmeath Independent reported that the greenway could provide a "€15m boost" to the local economy.

The section has been extended up to Ballymahon road (White gates) in December 2016 and will eventually extend into Athlone town.

Plans, by a community development organisation in Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, are underway to connect the Greenway to the Offaly Cycleways at Kilbeggan with a greenway to Tullamore, County Offaly. Work is planned to begin by summer 2016.

A new bridge to cross the River Shannon in Athlone has been allocated €8.1m funding and is planned to begin construction in June 2021.

Access points

The following is a list of the access points to the cycleway.

Location Distance from Athlone (km) Distance to Mullingar (km) Coordinates
Whitegates, Athlone - 42 53.427995, -7.931805
Garrycastle, Athlone - 40 53.422411, -7.899979
Mount Temple 6 34 53.402258, -7.816096
Maghermore 8 32 53.399294, -7.781841
Moate (Dún na Sí Park) 12 28 53.398406, -7.736041
Moate (Station) 12 28 53.399177, -7.723514
Rosemount 18 22 53.415931, -7.641321
Lisnagree 21 19 53.415931, -7.641321
Streamstown 23 17 53.435258, -7.570478
Garhy (R391) 26.2 13.8 53.450029, -7.531310
Castletown Station 28 12 53.454793, -7.522229
Dysart 30 10 53.476641, -7.480747
Ballinea 36 4 53.502709, -7.431523
Bellmount 37.2 2.8 53.508298, -7.403209
Kilpatrick 38.4 1.6 53.509364, -7.390320
Mullingar Newbrook (Canal Link) 40 - 53.517095, -7.368273
Mullingar Newbrook (Roundabout Access) 42 - 53.509364, -7.390320
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