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Development of the Royal Canal Towpath

Works are ongoing to develop the longest off road Greenway in Ireland, along the Royal Canal. Greenways are recreational, off-road routes for walkers, cyclists and other non-motorised transport. During the current development phase, you may experience some disruption to your walking or cycling journey. Below is a summary of the works ongoing and the restrictions to be aware of.
    • Works on the “Royal Canal Greenway” between Maynooth and Richmond Harbour / Longford Town are nearing completion. During 2019 this 130km section of Greenway will provide a long-distance trail, suitable for both walkers and cyclists.

    • While the ambition is to deliver a Royal Canal Greenway that commences at Spencer Dock Dublin, it is not currently possible to cycle along all of the route from Dublin city to Maynooth, due to works ongoing or in planning. This section of the Royal Canal Greenway has a longer timescale to completion.

    • The existing “Royal Canal Way” will remain as a National Way Marked Way (Walking Route) along the entire length of the Royal Canal. For further information please click here.

If you are a WALKER, following the Waymarked Way route, please be aware of the following works ongoing which may impact on your journey:

    • There is currently no access to the Royal Canal Way (Walking Route) from Sherriff Street to Newcomen Bridge due to works ongoing. Walkers should start their Royal Canal walking journey in Dublin after Newcomen Bridge on the south side bank (53°21'23.4"N 6°14'40.1"W). Users should then follow the Royal Canal Way (Walking Route) as normal. 

If you are a CYCLIST intending to follow the Maynooth to Richmond Harbour / Longford Town Greenway route, please be aware of the following works ongoing which may impact on your journey: 

    • Spin Bridge to Ferns Lock – works are ongoing on the North bank side of the canal to create a surface suitable for cycling. 

    • Ferns Lock to Cloncurry Bridge - works are ongoing on the North bank side of the canal to create a surface suitable for cycling. This section of the Greenway is due to be completed in May/June 2019. The Royal Canal Way (Walking Route) on the South bank side is unaffected - for walking only.

    • Kilmore Bridge to Moyvalley Bridge – works are ongoing on the South bank side of the canal to create a surface suitable for cycling. This section of the Greenway is due to be completed in May/June 2019. The Royal Canal Way (Walking Route) on the North bank side is unaffected - for walking only.

    • Scally's Bridge to Webbs Bridge - works are ongoing on the North bank side of the canal to create a surface suitable for cycling. This section of the Greenway is due to be completed in May/June 2019. The Royal Canal Way (Walking Route) on the North bank side is unaffected - for walking only.

(CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MAP OF CURRENT WORKS)


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