The Royal Canal Way

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The Longford Stretch of The Royal Canal Way.

The Trail
The Royal Canal Way is a 90 mile long publicly owned right of way which links Dublin to Clondra in Co. Longford. The pathway crosses through counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Westmeath before entering County Longford at Abbeyshrule. It is a unique walkway that allows the visitor to meander at their own pace through County Longford from Abbeyshrule to Ballymahon, Kenagh/Foigha, Killashee, and on to Clondra village.The walker has the choice of branching off into Longford town or continuing on to Clondra, whichever they prefer. Much of the canal paths close to the villages have been enhanced in recent years. Walking the Royal Canal Way is possible either as a long distance walk or as a series of short walks. Being a canal bank walk, the gradient is never steep, making it an ideal introduction to long distance walking.

History & Info
The Royal Canal was closed in 1961 due to developments in railway and road transportation. However as of September 30th, 2010 it has been officially re-opened as a navigation route from Spencer Dock in Dublin to Richmond Harbour in the village of Clondra, County Longford.

Directions: Map of The Royal Canal Way.


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