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What is a greenway?


A greenway is a dedicated cycling and walking route and can take a variety of forms: either off road (traffic free); or on road within part of the verge or footway, but segregated from motorised traffic and generally referred to as a ‘shared path’ for cycling and walking. Greenways offer a wide variety of green infrastructure benefits including: facilitating modal shift; improving air quality; sustainably connecting people to place; and as an economic driver, through leisure and tourism.


In the North West a high quality greenway network of 30km already exists called the Derry~Londonderry Urban Greenway Network. This includes the Foyle Valley Greenway and the Waterside Greenway, plus shared path routes within the Derry City & Strabane District council area. (Routes 1 and 2 will link in to the existing urban greenway network, while route 1 will be incorporated into EuroVelo 1.)


For more information on greenways, download our What is a greenway? banner.



A section of the Old Rail Trail near Moate, County Westmeath. This forms part of the larger Dublin-Galway greenway route.


Last updated: 9 May 2019


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