Westmeath Way

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The Westmeath Way is a long-distance trail in Westmeath. The walk is 62 miles long beginning in Kilbeggan and ending in Athlone.[1] It is typically completed in two days.[2]

The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office and is managed by the local council and by the Westmeath Way Committee.[3] The trail forms part of the Dublin-Galway Greenway cycle route.

Starting at Kilbeggan, the trail follows the River Brosna for approximately four and a half miles and the crosses countryside to the village of Ballinagore.[4] From Ballinagore the route travels on to reach the shores of Lough Ennell at the townland of Lilliput (whose name Jonathan Swift borrowed for Gulliver's Travels.[5]

The trails follows tracks and roads around the lough, via Dysart village, before reaching Bellmount Bridge where it follows the Royal Canal to Mullingar with a rail-trail over the disused Mullingar-Athlone rail line to Athlone.[1][5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'Kenny wants national strategy for walks and trails': Eoghan McDermott in The Irish Times 18 October 2015
  2. Westmeath Way on IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  3. National Trails Office 2010, p. 47.
  4. "Westmeath Way". Midland Regional Authority. http://www.midlands.ie/Index.php?Id=638. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Westmeath Way on Discover Ireland
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen