The Royal Canal Way is a 77km, long-distance walking trail. It is divided here into 7 sections each representing a half days walking. The trail start at Ashtown (lock 10) and ends in Mullingar.
Section 1: Ashtown (Lock 10) to Cope Bridge Leixlip Confey Station
Time Estimate: 3.5 Hours
Walking Route Terrain
About 1.5km grassy bank, 11.25km path/track. After leaving the station it can be wet; Path high above the canal through The Deep Cutting; good walking surface mainly; cross canal at Kennan Bridge.
Standard of Marking
Between Coolmine and Clonsilla the canal was cut through the solid limestone of Carpenterstown Quarry. The banks of the Deep Sinking have become wooded in places since regular maintenance of the banks ceased when the canal was closed to navigation.
Ranelagh bridge was not called after the Dublin suburb of the same name but after Viscount Ranelagh, a director of the Royal Canal Company for its first six years.Granard Bridge in Coolmine was called after the Earl of Granard, a director from 1789-1803. The stone abutments west of Callaghan Bridge are all that remain of the old railway line to Navan and Athboy.
At Start: Limited parking At End: At Confey Station
At Start: Rail Check with Iarnrod Eireann Bus Check With Dublin Bus At End: Rail Check with Iarnrod Eireann Bus Check with Dublin Bus
Floor 2 Block C,