Royal Canal – Walks


NOTE: Please may I ask, if you find this page helpful in planning your journey along the Royal, would you leave a comment. If there is something you feel I should add then please pass on the information. I would love to hear from you… thanks!

10 Mar 2014 -

I’ve again neglected this page for almost a year. Much has happened in the year gone by. A new focus has been established for the Royal Canal. It has become past of the Dublin to Galway cycle and walking route. Much has been said and written about this development. Feel free to do a search, you’ll see opinion from many different folk but as a whole it should help raise the profile and use of the canal.

Here’s a few links… the reading is interesting and varied so do read a few different views before you make up your mind if it’s a good idea or not…

http://www.aecom.com/Where+We+Are/Europe/Countries/Ireland/_projectsList/Dublin+to+Galway+cycle+route,+Ireland

http://www.iwai.ie/forum/read.php?1,44230,52335#msg-52335

http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Royal-Canal-Way/28/

With spring making an effort to make an appearance I’ve noted Royal Canal hits rising again. Folk doing a bit of planning? I do enjoy when the blog gets used by folk looking to learn something about the Royal. I would like the odd comment, the odd suggestion. However, after last year’s disastrous attempt at doing a walk from Dublin to the Shannon I’m also itching to set off again. Soon I’ll be in position to do another walk and to update information. For now though, I’ll leave you with a few photos taken last year…

The HBA visits Kilcock, early morning 14 April 2013

I’m sure we’ll all have a great year along the canals and rivers of Ireland again this year… whatever you do, boating, walking fishing, cycling or canoeing… be safe and have fun!

4E passing croke Park, Royal Canal Dublin, Ireland

29 Mar 13 – 

I can’t believe that it’s been more than a year since I last updated this page! Folk who visit must think I’m neglecting my duty, no… love, of the Royal Canal. I have done quite a few walks around the Kilcock area… aka from the 16th Lock either eastward toward Maynooth or westward toward Enfield. I will update the page to include some of the posts added in 2012 and 2013.

Firstly tough… for a different perspective on my Royal Canal Life… click on the thread I’ve had running on the IWAI Forum for about two years… there is also very enjoyable interaction with boaters and other interesting folk to be found there… along with photos and banter!

http://www.iwai.ie/forum/read.php?1,32990

To get the feel for the new set of updates I’ll start with a photo taken a few days ago… Kilcock Harbour on a barmy late March 2013 spring day…

Kilcock Harbour as seen from beneath the umbrella...

Please click on any of the links to read the post…

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/why-im-addicted-to-the-royal-canal/

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/an-afternoons-outing/

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/the-swans-and-the-heron/

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/a-saturdays-stroll/

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/that-effin-bridge/

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/kilcock-and-beyond/

30 Dec 11 -

Before the year is out… and before I forget to include the two blog posts I’ve ‘stolen’ from my first IWN article… well actually, my first hard copy article ever… here’s the links to those two posts… I hope they summarise and remind of a great Royal summer…

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/memories-of-a-royal-summer/

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/momories-of-a-royal-summer-part-2/

13 Jul 11 -

Since the start of my Royal Canal walks much has happened… I think this page can become a strong feature of my blogging experience… so much so that I may even consider starting a totally new blog relating only to the Irish waterways… MF, he of 31B, suggested something the other day… why not walk the Green and Silver? That may be only an idea at this stage… let me first get to complete the Royal Canal!!

20 Oct 11 -

I have made it! I reached Richmond harbour and the 46th Lock yesterday afternoon… whoopy! I’m quite chuffed with myself! It’s good to be able to say I have achieved something during these difficult days… makes me realise there is a lot of positive out there!

Sign attached to Footy’s Bridge… sort of sums it all up… feet and RC way… walk!

21 Oct 11 -

I’ve had to split the RC Life page… looks to me only 25 links are allowed per page… so, I’ll leave RC Life dedicated to all the walks… on the new Royal Canal II page you’ll find the boats… the wildlife and other bits and pieces…

I do hope you enjoy your visit…

Lock 17… Fern’s or Ferrin’s Lock in operation…

14 MAY 11 -

Why not keep all the Royal Canal posts together? I’m hoping to be able to, with the help of junior son and maybe even some of the other family members, walk and document the whole route from the Liffey in Dublin to the Shannon this summer.

I will do it as time and the weather allows. In sections! You surely didn’t think I was going to do it in one go… no?

When all is done I should have quite a decent route map… so, for future reference… why not have the whole route in one place… The entries are in the order I completed the posts and not sequential so the headings should help navigate the page… and even maybe the canal!!

Let’s start where it all began… at Ferrin’s Lock… (Click on any of the blue links to open the post… I hope you enjoy the reading.)

Lock 17 (Ferrin’s) to the Boyne Aqueduct (East to West)

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/fun-in-the-sun/

Lock 18 (Thomastown) to Furey’s (West to East)

 http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/royal-canal-again-thomastown-to-fureys/

Lock 17 (Fern’s) to Maynooth (West to East)

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/royal-canal-lock-17-to-maynooth/

Thomastown (Lock 18) to Neads Bridge (East to west… and back)

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/thomastown-to-neads-bridge-and-back/

Nead’s Bridge to Mullingar (Part 1) East to west

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/neads-bridge-to-mulingar-part-1/

The 12th Lock to Leixlip Confey – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/12th-lock-to-maynooth/

Leixlip Confey to Maynooth Harbour – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/leixlip-confey-to-maynooth/

The Liffey to the 6th Lock – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/08/13/the-beginnings-of-the-royal-canal/

The 6th lock to the 12th Lock – East to West

https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/the-6th-lock-to-the-12th-lock/

Nead’s Bridge to Mullingar Harbour – Part II – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/neads-bridge-to-mullingar-part-ii/

Mullingar Harbour to the Ballinea Bridges – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/mullingar-to-the-ballinea-bridges/

Ballinea Bridges to Abbeyshrule – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/ballinea-bridges-to-abbeyshrule/

Abbeyshrule to Lock 40 – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/abbeyshrule-to-lock-40/

Lock 40 to Lyneen Bridge – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/the-beginning-of-the-end-lock-40-to-lyneen-bridge/

Lyneen Bridge to Richmond Harbour – East to West

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/to-richmond-harbour-and-beyond/

The End… or, the beginning of the end?

http://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-edge-of-leinster/

The western end of the Royal Canal… Richmond Harbour… bliss!!

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2 Responses to Royal Canal – Walks

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great site, I have planned to walk the Royal Canal this summer but can’t seem to find details about accommodation along the way, are there campsites or hostels? Also can a walker start at Spencer dock or do they have to join at Newcomen bridge. Thanks again for this site.

    • aj vosse says:

      Hi T… I’m going to begin with a thanks for the compliment.

      The RC is a fantastic walk but alas, I believe you have stumbled on the biggest problem. No, actually… you have crashed into the biggest problem. Where do you sleep while walking the canal?

      Guest houses along the way? Hotels? On barges? I don’t really know if there will be an answer just yet. I’m working on an idea but it will still be a while before I can offer an answer. For now, I would suggest yuo do the camping trick. A tent and sleeping bag will do. IF, and only IF, you want to live with the vagaries of the Irish weather.

      The only other option? To walk it like I did, a section at a time and then go home to a good, warm, dry bed. Not ideal, yep… commuting is not the preferable option.

      Tell you what… why don’t you contact me? If you feel like roughing it and walking the whole canal in one go, I’ve been toying with a similar idea.

      Walk a day’s worth and sleep in the shelter of a bridge.. eat along the way, in pubs or carry food. There are options if you want to do the walk in a less conventional way.

      OK, almost enough said. Yes, you begin at the Liffey… walk along the restored bit of Spencer dock, then divert around… if you’re not as lucky as I’ve been to be allowed through. Actually, come to think of it… I may be one of the few who have been over, under and around Effin Bridge… by rail, barge and foot…

      Grand, I’ll say cheers for now. have FUN!! ;-)

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