We cycled the new Westmeath Greenway along the old Mullingar-Athlone railway line. This is the Westmeath section of the Dublin–Galway Greenway and extends from the existing Royal Canal Greenway in Mullingar to the town of Athlone. It will be known as the Old Rail Trail Greenway and is for recreational cyclists and walkers.
The walking and cycling route is on a tarmacadam surface and is suitable for road bikes, the route runs alongside the railway tracks and is about 40 kilometres from Mullingar to Athlone. As it runs on the old train line, the route is nice and flat and is an easy cycle for all levels of fitness and ages. It is safe to cycle on, as no cars, motorbikes or horses are allowed on the route. We passed by lots of families and kids cycling, roller-bladers and people out walking.
We started the route opposite the Mullingar train station and cycled along the Royal Canal for about 2 kilometres before continuing on the Old Rail Trail section of the Greenway, we cycled about 11 kilometres from Mullingar and then back.
The route goes passed scenic Westmeath farming countryside and at stages you cycle on a height as the route runs along on the old train embarkments and we cycled under quaint old stone rail bridges.
As the new Greenway runs between Mullingar – Moate – Athlone, it is accessible from several locations, you could make a weekend of it and get the train to Mullingar, (the Connolly Dublin to Sligo train line) spend the day cycling to Athlone at a leisurely pace, stay over night in Athlone and either return to Mullingar or get a train from Athlone, (the Heuston Dublin to Galway train line). We used our own bikes but there are several bike rental shops opened in Mullingar and Athlone, where you can rent a bike.