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120km section of EuroVelo 1- Atlantic Coast Route opened in Ireland

27.07.2017
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Last month, Wexford County Council opened a new 120km long section of the EuroVelo 1- Atlantic Coast Route in the Republic of Ireland. The section connects the Rosslare Harbour with the Wexford border. 

Starting at Rosslare Harbour Ferry, the route of EuroVelo 1 in Wexford quickly takes cyclists along quiet, scenic country roads passing through fishing villages. It finishes at Ballyhack Ferry where you can continue on to the neighbouring county of Waterford. The route predominantly hugs the coastline and adds a total of 120 km of signed cycle route to the network.  Much of the Wexford route follows the Norman Way Heritage Trail which brings the traveller to fascinating medieval sites.

Wexford

This section forms part of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, a 9,100 km long cycling route which connects Norway, the UK, France, Spain and Portugal.

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According to Colm Ryder, Chairman of Cyclist.ie (ECF’s Irish Member Group and part of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centre there), the development of EuroVelo 1 in Ireland will provide a much needed economic boost to the small rural towns located on the route. He stated that:’when the full EuroVelo 1 route in Ireland is fully realized it will be one of the most spectacular cycling routes in the whole of Europe’.He went on to say that the cycle tourism business in Europe continues to grow constantly and that Ireland will become increasingly a part of this development.

Frank Burke (Cycling Officer for Wexford County Council) states that “It is great to finally have a signed cycle route across this very scenic area of Wexford, where visitors can navigate by bike through this network quite country roads. It also makes a statement that Wexford very much welcomes cyclists to our county and the local coffee shops and bars have embraced this new cycle route and extend a warm welcome to all our visitors on two wheels”

For more information about the new route in Country Wexford, including a map, click here.