Green Heartlands Cycle Route
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The Suck Valley Visitor/Conference Centre & Riverside Cafe, Athleague, Roscommon, Republic of Ireland
Ms Serena Walsh
Green Heartlands Cycle Route is a 217 kilometres cycle route in south County Roscommon, stretching from Roscommon town to Athlone, through a series of quiet country roads.
The Green Heartlands Cycle Route is a fully marked cycling tour through the splendour of the south Roscommon countryside. The terrain throughout the 217km (137.2 miles) is generally flat with occasional stretches of gently sloping hills which takes cyclists through a varied countryside of farmland, bog, forest, wetlands, rivers and lakes. Cyclists will experience the beauty of Lough Ree and sense the magnificence of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland. The circuit, divided into a series of daily routes, will take you through a host of small rural villages including Kiltoom, Kielty, Birchgrove, Ballyforan, Athleague, Knockcroghery, Derryglad and Four Roads and within close proximity of the larger provincial towns of Roscommon, Athlone and Ballinasloe.
The route has been split into stages allowing cyclists to spread the cycle over seven days with an average of 19 miles covered per day. This provides an opportunity to spend some time in the Roscommon countryside enjoying what it has to offer which includes a range of leisure facilities and amenities, many suited to special interest visitors. These include walking routes, monastic sites, archaeological monuments, heritage centres and museums, craft workshops, wildlife and conservation areas, as well as boating fishing, golf, horse riding and bowling.
Accommodation is available en route. Contact the visitor centre, Athleague for further details.