CR_Greenway_Cycle_1

Distance:  13km (7.5 Miles)

Estimated Time:  2 - 2.5 hours

Trail Waymarking:  Red

Terrain: Stone/Gravel Pathways

Level of Difficulty: Easy

 

CR_Greenway_Cycle_2The  Mayo Greenway follows the line of the famousWestport, Newport / Mulranny  and Achill Sound Railway, which closed in 1937.  Local landowners have allowed the reopening of the old railway line that passed through their lands, which has resulted in the opening up of this route for cyclists and walkers.  With easy gradients and idyllic scenery, the Greenway is a must for cyclists and walkers to take in the beauties of this part of Mayo, away for road traffic with a suitable surface for both modes of travel.

CR_Greenway_Cycle_3Individual towns and villages had prospered with the arrival of the Great Western and Midland Railway company.  The promoters of the line had high hopes for its future and it proved to be a great social and economic asset to West Mayo.  However demand for the railway never reached the levels anticipated and as more people began to use road transport, demand for the line continued to dwindle.  The last train ran in the Autumn of 1937, a mere 42 years after the line had opened. The introduction of the Greenway concept has revitalised a once somewhat moribound tourism west of Westport, with an increase in places to stay and eat as well as the cycle hire companies to mention the more obvious areas of activity with the numbers of people using the Greenway  increasing every year.

Recently Trek West Tours brought a group of cyclists on the Greenway from Newport to Westport and the feedback was very positive with most of the people wishing to repeat the experience. After a meal in the Clew Bay Hotel in Westport a return by bus to Newport to get to thier own transport home they again reiterated how enjoyable the day had been or all involved. We at Trek West Tours are very happy to succeed in helping them to relax and get the full benifet of the day and we look forward to seeing them again. We have include a few photos of that trip and there are lots of happy faces.

 

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