Walking & Cycling

Today, January 2019, work is progressing on the new walkway and cycleway along the Grand and Royal Canals, part of the National Greenway strategy.  They are at different stages of development.

Work on the 144km of the Royal Canal Greenway from Dublin, through Kildare, Meath and Westmeath is nearing completion and is due to open fully later this year.    

The section along the Grand Canal Main Line in Kildare is at the planning stage with Kildare County Council.  This will join the section from Dublin to Lock 12, Lucan Bridge.   

Great progress has occurred on the Offaly Greenway in recent months, along the Grand Canal, with the section from Edenderry to Pullough complete.  Money has been allocated recently for the section from Pullough to the Lough Boora Discovery Park.  Money has also  been allocated for a new path from the Grand Canal at Ballycommon to the Royal Canal Greenway at Campbell’s Bridge in Kilbeggan.

Work is also happening along some stretches of the Barrow Line to make it suitable for cycling.  

Joining the Greenway are paths along the Naas Branch, the Corbally Branch and there are paths in the Pollardstown Fen nature reserve. 

Many of our members enjoy walking and cycling.  Boaters among us walk or cycle along the towpaths between locks; an event for Kildare members is meeting up along some stretch of Irish waterway, for the Annual Winter Walk in December.  See our Calendar for next December’s event and chaek here for other walks along waterways.

Maps of the Irish canals can be purchased in a handy spiral bound guide at the IWAI Shop.  The Charts Special Interest Group CSIG working on the next generation of charts for the Irish waterways.

As well as Charts, the IWAI Shop has books on all aspects of the Irish canals, lakes and rivers.