Westport Greenway, the Old Railway Line Walk
The Westport Greenway goes by a number of names, a hint at its huge popularity. It’s known locally as The Old Railway Line Walk, An Bealach Glas (Irish Gaelic for greenway) and also Westport Slí na Sláinte.
It’s a beautiful tree-lined 2.5km straight-line walking and cycling trail which links Westport’s two urban areas: The town centre, which, other than shops, pubs, restaurants, galleries and more, also contains the main civic spaces of the Octagon, the Clock and the Carrowbeg river ; and The Quay Area, which was once a thriving commercial port and has enjoyed recent rejuvenation as a major tourism base.
The Westport Greenway follows the route of the old railway line which was used to transports goods to and from the ships at the Quay to the town’s railway station and beyond. It offers users traffic-free cycling and walking, as well as impressive views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay.
It passes by many Westport attractions including the Westport Skate Park, astroturf pitch and playground and is a beautiful way to get from one part of the town to the other. It’s also home to a number of interesting local ideas, from a community orchard to, believe it or not, an insect hotel.
The Westport Greenway also connects with the National Coastal Trail, a path which connects Westport Quay with Murrisk and Croagh Patrick, and there are already plans in place to link this Greenway to the Great Western Greenway.