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Cycle route to link Malahide and Donabate via estuary

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A drawing of the cycle and walking shared path along side the Dublin-Belfast railway approaching the Malahide viaduct

A shared pedestrian and cycling route is planned to bridge the Malahide estuary and link Malahide and Donabate in north Dublin — consultation on the routing of the project ends this Friday.

The 6km route — named the the Broadmeadow Way — starts at Malahide Castle south of Malahide Village and ends at Newbridge House and Farm just outside Donabate Village. The route is set to cross the Malahide estuary beside viaduct which carries the Dublin to Belfast railway line, and which collapsed as a commuter train passed over it five years ago.

It is planned that the shared path will mostly be built on top of an existing service route on part of the near-2km railway causeway — a new pedestrian and cycling bridge will also be required alongside the viaduct.

Fingal County Council are seeking submissions or observations on the preferred route to before 5pm this Friday. Maps and other files relating to the route can currently be found near the bottom of this page.

The section of the route over the estuary forms part of the Irish National Cycle Route 1 and, under the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network, it also makes up part of the East Coast Trail” strategic greenway route from Arklow to Drogheda. Along Dublin Bay, the East Coast Trail would include the long-planned the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) route, and between Sutton to Balbriggan the trail would take in the planned Fingal Coast & Castle Way.

Here’s the emerging preferred route for the Broadmeadow Way:

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Cian Ginty


  1. It’s awaiting funding — last year, some local councilors gave out that Fingal greenways missed out while greenways around the country got funding.


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