Westport Greenway Slí - 2.5km
The Westport Slí na Sláinte is a 2.5km linear route which links Westport’s two urban centres. The two centres comprise of:
The Historic Town Core, which is the main commercial centre, and contains the main civic spaces of the Octagon, the Clock and the canalised Carrowbeg river.
The Quay Area, was once a thriving commercial port and has enjoyed recent rejuvenation, as a major tourism base. Historically the two centres have been linked by the railway line which allowed goods to be transported from the Quay to the town’s railway station and beyond.
The disused railway line, now known as the Westport Greenway offers users traffic free walking and cycling and a gentle gradient not greater than 1.6% as well as impressive vista of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. The route can be used in both directions and can be accessed from the Quay or from the old cattle pass located at Altamont Street near the town centre.
SUPPORTED BY WESTPORT TOWN COUNCIL AND MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL
Slí Na Sláinte Walking and Cycling Routes
Slí na Sláinte is a health promotion initiative of the Irish Heart Foundation, aimed at encouraging people of all ages and abilities to walk for pleasure and general health. A network of marked and measured walking routes, there are approx. 150 Slí na Sláinte routes in place throughout the country.
There are four Slí na Sláinte routes in Co. Mayo, all routes are marked by colourful posts, which are not numbered and which are situated a 1km intervals, walkers simply follow the km signs, setting their own pace as they go. With physical inactivity being one of the main risk factors for heart disease, using a Slí na Sláinte walking route is an excellent way to accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity, on most days of the week.
With such a large number of Slí routes around the country, the Irish Heart Foundation are continuously working with local contacts and local authorities to maintain a high quality network of walking routes. Further information can be obtained through the Irish Heart Foundation Website at www.irishheart.ie.