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Westmeath Way


Trail Overview Details

Grade: Easy
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: **
 
County: Westmeath
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 33.00
Climb (m): 40
Estimated time: 2 days
Start point: Kilbeggan
Start point grid ref: N 331 355
End point: Mullingar
End point grid ref: N 436 534
Nearest town to start: Kilbeggan
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 41 and 48
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start - on street in Kilbeggan
At End - on streets or in car parks in Mullingar (probable charge)
Public transport: N/A
Map guide available: WestmeathWay Sli na h-Iarmhi Waymarked Walking Route - published by EastWest Mapping for Westmeath Tourism

Waymarking

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Description of Trail

County Westmeath, one of Ireland’s smaller counties, is in the midlands, and the Hill of Uisneach in the county is considered the geographical centre of the country. The Westmeath Way is a 33km-long low-level linear walking route from the town of Kilbeggan, famous for its whiskey distilling and horse racing, to the town of Mullingar, the administrative centre of the county. The route follows a section of the River Brosna and then public roads northwards to the townsland of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell: Jonathan Swift is said to have stayed with friends on the lake’s shore, and used the name for his fantasy island in Gulliver’s Travels. The route then continues by road, fields and woodland path to reach the north end of the lake, and from there it goes by road and canal tow path into Mullingar. Apart from pleasant river-bank stretches (which may be a little wet and overgrown), woodland sections and canal bank, much of this route is on road, some sections of which carry fast traffic.

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Comments

WALKERS SHOUL D NOTE THAT AT PRESENT THERE IS NO ACCESS OVER THE PRIVATELY OWNED LAND FROM LADESTOWN TO KEOLTOWN WOOD SO THE WAY IS CLOSED BETWEEN LADESTOWN AND DYSART. WALKERS ARE ADVISED TO PLEASE REFRAIN FROM WALKING THIS SECTION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
14 kms or 41% of the Way follows local roads. There may be issues with waymarking at some points along the trail.
***Under no circumstances should dogs be taken on farmland sections of the Westmeath Way***

Trail management organisation contact details

Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Tel: 044 9332000, www.westmeathcoco.ie

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