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Southern Trail

The rathkeale section of the Southern Trail was recently finished and officially opened.

RATHKEALE - ARDAGH 9km

Begin at the Old Station now the Palatine Museum. Cross the River Deel, continue north of the N21 via a riverside underpass. Five cut-stone overhead bridges are encountered on the trail to Ardagh. The fifth bridge is at Ardagh Station, 1km from where the Ardagh Chalice was found in 1868.

ARDAGH - NEWCASTLE WEST 4km

This section, level at each end with a 1% gradient ‘dip’ in the middle, passes through pleasant pastoral farmland. Approaching Newcastle West the River Daar is bridged. Cross the R521 and enter Newcastle West Station. The restored Station House is private and mature oak trees line the approach avenue.

NEWCASTLE WEST - BARNAGH 10km

For steam trains this was an arduous uphill challenge with gradients of almost 2%; it is downhill from Barnagh to Abbeyfeale. Trains entered Barnagh Station through a tunnel, which can be visited along a separate ‘standalone’ 1km section of the old railway; access is via the lay-by at Barnagh on the N21 (Westbound)

BARNAGH - TEMPLEGLANTINE 4km

The N21 roadside cyclelane rejoins the railway at the western end of the site of Barnagh Station. The route passes under two stone bridges. Templeglantine becomes visible on the left and is reached along the L21006, a good starting point for a side trip to Glenquin Castle, open seasonally May-Sept, 6Km S.E.

TEMPLEGLANTINE - ABBEYFEALE 10km

The L21006 leads to the trail for Abbeyfeale. After 2km enter Tullig Wood and soon pass the restored station at Devon Road. The trail levels as it comes parallel to the River Allaghaun. One stone bridge spans the trail, 2km after which Abbeyfeale Station is reached. Turn left onto the R524 for the town centre.

To visit the website: www.southerntrail.net

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Map property of Southern Trail, Please visit website for further information www.southerntrail.net

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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