Article by Waterways Ireland
On March 24th, 2021, Waterways Ireland together with the four local authorities of Kildare, Longford, Meath and Westmeath County Councils launched The Royal Canal Greenway.
The enchanting Royal Canal Greenway is a scenic 130km level towpath, ideal for walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and stages, running along the historic 200 year-old canal.
This was a €12 million project resulting in Ireland’s longest Greenway. This project will transform the towns, villages and communities along the route while enhancing the health and prosperity of the region.
The Greenway has been completed in partnership with Waterways Ireland; the four local authorities of Kildare, Longford, Meath and Westmeath County Councils; the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Starting in Maynooth, it follows the canal through Enfield and Mullingar to Cloondara in Longford, with cafés, picnic spots and attractions along the way. Rustic and industrial landscapes combine, with rolling fields, pretty waterside villages, working locks and historic landmarks.
This scenic Greenway features 90 bridges, 33 locks, 17 harbours and four aqueducts. There will be four trailheads located at Maynooth, Enfield, Mullingar and Cloondara/Longford where all basic visitor services available. There are 11 access points and 13 individual journeys ranging from 6km to 15km in length.
The Royal Canal Greenway will provide a year round recreational resource for the communities and visitors alike.
For more on the Royal Canal Greenway visit: http://www.royalcanalgreenway.org