Major rural cycle greenway planned for Wicklow

A major network of cycle paths to rival the Great Western Greenway is being planned for Wicklow.

The National Transport Authority’s ten-year plan for the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network has identified an extensive network of pleasant and quiet roads that can be promoted as touring routes in Wicklow.

These traffic-free routes will allow cyclists to take quiet trips through the countryside on their bike, passing through parks, along waterways and beside the seafront.

These will include a coastal cycling route linking Greystones to Wicklow town, taking advantage of the established walking route along the back of the beach beside the railway line.

The report decided that developing the Cliff Walk between Bray and Greystones to a shared use with cyclists would not be feasible.

A cycle track through the Vale of Avoca is also on the cards. This will follow the same route as the railway line and Vale Road, albeit on the other side of the Avoca River.

A third route, beginning at Coolattin Park, near Shillelagh, will weave its way up to Tinahely, before passing through the village of Aughrim and connecting to the Arklow-Avoca trail at Woodenbridge.

At present there are no rural cycling links connecting towns in County Wicklow.

The Great Western Greenway in County Mayo has been a huge success, linking Achill to Westport with 42km of scenic coastal cycle paths.

A map of the Wicklow-Greystones route can be viewed here and the Arklow-Avoca route can seen here.

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