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Old Rail Trail Greenway: Athlone to Mullingar
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About Old Rail Trail Athlone
Three Things You Need To Know
Old Rail Trail Sections
The Old Rail Trail has conveniently divided into three sections.
The full route of the Rail Trail has been designed with mobility in mind and is safe and suitable for everyone walking and cycling. You can start the entire route at Athlone town and reach Mullingar through various bustling town and rich farmland along the trail.
- Stage 1: Athlone Town to Moate (14.5 km)
- Stage 2: Moate to Castletown (16.5 km)
- Stage 3: Castletown to Mullingar (11.4 km)
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Old Rail Trail Access Points (from Athlone to Mullingar)
- Whitegates, Athone
- Garrycastle Bridge, Athone
- Tully (Free Parking)
- Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park
- Moate Station
- Rosemount Access
- Castletown Station (Free Parking)
- Newbrook (links to Royal Canal Blue Way), Mullingar
- Newbrook Roundabout, Mullingar (Free Parking)
Old Rail Trail Route
There are different sections on the Old Rail Trail Athlone Greenway. All sections are marked with the Greenway symbol and a white directional scroll arrow and are suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness. The route is easy and perfect for beginners as the entire trail is paved and sign posted. The trail is flat and gentle slopes, and easy to cycle. It is perfect for people or family groups to walk, cycle and hiking.
Stage One. Athlone Town to Moate (14.5 km)
Stage Two. Moate to Castletown (16.5 km)
Stage Three. Castletown to Mullingar (11.4 km)
Old Rail Trail Highlights
Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park
Royal Canal Greenway
Old Rail Trail Bike Hire
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Westmeath County Council
frequently asked questions
Where can I rent a bike to do the Old Rail Trail?
I haven’t cycled a bike in years, can I still do the trail?
Should I use an electric bike?
visitors to some of the most popular sections of the Greenway will be able to refill their water bottles at a number of specially designed water bottle refill stations. These are ideally suited to cyclists who have greater difficulty in accessing suitable drinking water points on their journey.
Water bottle refill stations on the Waterford Greenway are located along the Greenway at Abbeyside, Ballylynch Cross, Kilmacthomas Station and Bilberry. These enable Greenway users to refill their water bottles as they enjoy the Waterford Greenway.
Playgrounds near the greenway
the Greenway is a wonderful facility and its important to keep children’s interest with activity and fun along the way. So grab a ball, go exploring and have some fun!
A playground is a really important aspect of a local network, and we’re very lucky to have some great playgrounds nearby on the Waterford Greenway.
There are two well constructed playgrounds that are easily accessible from the Waterford Greenway should you want to make a day out of it. Both Kilmacthomas and Abbeyside, Walton Park have play areas for kids of all ages, picnic tables, car-parks, shelters, electric barbecue facilities and toilets. Best of all there are no entrance fees !
There is also a playground at the Waterford City Park but it’s located on the south-side and takes longer to reach than either of the above.
Using The Greenway as a link between playgrounds can allow children to complete their original plans, but also try something new after all that energy has been used up.