Organiser: Martin Milner
E-Mail: martin.milner at gmail.com
This route was created for the 2020 pandemic county lockdown on roads entirely inside the County Meath boundary.
It takes an anti-clockwise route from Trim towards the county borders with Dublin, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Westmeath before returning to Trim. It uses many quiet back roads with surfaces generally good and little traffic. There are no difficult climbs and the last 45k is slightly downhill for an easy finish. The official start is the Trim Retail Park on the Navan Road but it could be joined at any point and could be reversed. There is a car park by the start behind Supermacs and a Circle K-Londis for stocking up on last minute supplies before heading off.
The route starts out towards Navan before taking a right for Kilmessan where you pass over the River Boyne at Mary Lavin’s Bective Bridge.
The first short climb is at Bellewstown 33k before a left turn down by the race course. Be careful going down the steep descent and then on to Duleek for the first control.
After Duleek there is a stretch along the Boyne passing the Brú na Bóinne visitor centre at Newgrange. The next town is Slane where you should stock up on food because there are no shops until we reach Moynalty, famous for the Steam Threshing Museum and formerly the finish of the Race Around Ireland. Oldcastle is the final control and a chance for food before the final 50k. Take the Castlepollard Road out from Oldcastle until a left at Ballany Cross. This road takes you alongside the picturesque Lough Bane that divides Meath from Westmeath. The fast run in takes you through Athboy and Kildalkey before returning to Trim.
RidewithGPS Map https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32897565
Submit proof from the 2 controls or a gps track to:
martin.milner at gmail.com
The main places visited and distances are :-
Duleek 44 (Control)
Newgrange Visitor Centre 51
Oldcastle 148 (Control)
- Antrim 200 Permanent
- Canals & Greenways 300 of Leinster (permanent)
- Dublin County Border 200 Permanent
- Killeshin 200 permanent
- Little Carlingford 200 – Permanent
- Meath 200 Permanent
- Royal Canal 200/300 Permanents
- The Unforgettable Fire 200 Permanent
- Three Masts 200 Permanent
- Waterside 200 (Permanent only)