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Walks by the Royal Canal are described in a number of good books
and pamphlets. The following is a short guide to a selection of
descriptions of walks along and close to the Royal Canal.
The Royal Canal Way
Up to 145 km|
Murray, Jim. Royal Canal Walk. Inland Waterways News, Vol 32, Number 1, Spring 2005.
A very informative description of walking the length of the Royal Canal. The Royal Canal Walk is available online (264 kb).
Fewer, Michael. 1997. Irish Waterside Walks. Gill & Macmillan
See pages 127 to 133, The Royal Canal. These pages
indicate how one might approach walking the canal from
Blanchardstown to Richmond Harbour - a distance of 145 km.
The walk is divided into nine sections
with estimated walking times varying from 1.5 hrs to
6.75 hrs. Other important advice is provided. Walks along two
sections are described:
Walk 55 Blanchardstown to Maynooth, and
Walk 56 Mullingar to Nead's Bridge.
Kenny, Liam; Sinnott, Eamon. Towpath Trails. County Kildare Vocational Education Committee
This pocket diary size walker's guide to the canal towpaths of County Kildare
includes an attractively presented description of the following section of the
Royal Canal Way:
- Leixlip to Kilcock (13.5 km, 3.5 hrs)
More information about, and more detailed maps of, the Royal Canal are provided in
the Guide to the Royal Canal of Ireland.
Ordnance Survey of Ireland, Discovery Series 1:50,000
- Map 40, From Richmond Harbour to Foygh
- Map 41, From Foygh to east of The Downs
- Map 48, About 1 km commencing about 2km west of The Downs
- Map 49, From west of McNeads Bridge to east of Kilcock
- Map 50, From west of Maynooth to Dublin
See also: Guide to the Royal Canal of Ireland. The Guide includes maps showing the roads and towpaths along the canal.
The IWAI Publications page references a number of books
that include material about
the Royal Canal. These include significantly more information
than is contained in the sources cited on this page all
of which focus on walking.
At a future date it is intended to publish notes
about walks by the Royal Canal that are not included in other publications.
Of particular interest are walks starting and finishing by
the canal. If you are aware of any such walks and would like to
see them published on these pages then please contact
Royal Canal Bridge (42kb)
Richmond Harbour (44kb)