Not long back from a beautiful walk on the new greenway walk between Omeath and Carlingford. I know it's open quite a while at this stage but this is the first I've been on it.

Walking towards Slieve Foye. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Walking towards Slieve Foye. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Don’t know if it was the weather but the chat on the way was great. I think it’s more likely that the locals are so proud of their new facility and they are more than willing to share their enthusiasm!

It’s a really fantastic dander mostly along the shore of Carlingford Lough and is already proving extremely popular with cyclists and walkers. The views of Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye and across to the Mournes must make it one of the most attractive strolls in the country.

The Calvary at Omeath. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Calvary at Omeath. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The path has really opened up the Calvary at Omeath, creating another access point to the final resting place of Fr Gentili who’s coffin sits on display in the new chapel there.

Looking forward to the time in the not too distant future when the facility continues all the way to Newry. What an attraction that will be.

Beautiful scenery on the new Omeath Carlingford greenway. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Beautiful scenery on the new Omeath Carlingford greenway. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Cycle or walk all the way from Lough Neagh if you wish to Carlingford via good old Newry. The times they really are a changing.

It’s apparently just a matter of time and funding so hopefully it won’t be more than a couple of years.

In the meantime please try and give extra space to cyclists on the Newry Omeath road, one of the least safe roads in Ireland a cyclist can take. Unfortunately though at present if you want to cycle to Carlingford or Omeath, you don’t have any choice in the matter.