By Eoin Ryan
A new 3km stretch of the Boyne Valley to Lakelands greenway going from Navan to the tailing ponds at Tara mines has opened.
The greenway is currently an 8km continuous walking and cycling path from Navan to Wilkinstown with several extensions expected to be finished in the near future.
The greenway will be 30km long after completion trailing from Navan in Co. Meath to Kingscourt in Co. Cavan.
Funding for the project was secured in 2019 but the project was delayed due to ongoing works regarding Tara mines installing underground pipes.
Cllr. Eugene Cassidy said Meath County Council will be connecting it to Blackwater park from Ratholden road in the near future.There also plans to eventually connect it to the Boyne greenway after its construction.
The Wilkinstown to Castletown extension is expected to finish in the summer as groundworks laying the surface are ongoing. The Nobber to Kilmainhamwood section is closest to completion with fencing and farm crossings in place despite delays due to a new bridge crossing over the river Dee. Cassidy said this will “probably be one of the most beautiful sections of The Boyne Valley-Lakelands greenway.
“We are so lucky that this lake is part of the greenway and will enhance the overall experience that this greenway has to offer.”
The Kilmainhamwood to Kingscourt section will be the last to be completed and Cavan County Council plans to connect it to Dun Na Ri Park and Kingscourt.
Cassidy said he expects the project to be completed by next September.
“So with the weather improving and the evenings longer it will be great to get out and make the most of the greenway. We are so lucky to have this amenity on our doorstep.”