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!
Mar 2015 –
I’ve really missed walking and enjoying interaction with the good folk who enjoy their exploits along the Royal Canal in the last year. Hopefully I’ll be able to be a little more active this summer! Before we begin though, here’s a photo from Dec 2014… a few buildings along the Kilcock Harbour on a still evening…
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…
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…
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!
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!
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…
Please click on any of the links to read the post…
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…
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!
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…
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)
Lock 18 (Thomastown) to Furey’s (West to East)
Lock 17 (Fern’s) to Maynooth (West to East)
Thomastown (Lock 18) to Neads Bridge (East to west… and back)
Nead’s Bridge to Mullingar (Part 1) East to west
The 12th Lock to Leixlip Confey – East to West
Leixlip Confey to Maynooth Harbour – East to West
The Liffey to the 6th Lock – East to West
The 6th lock to the 12th Lock – East to West
Nead’s Bridge to Mullingar Harbour – Part II – East to West
Mullingar Harbour to the Ballinea Bridges – East to West
Ballinea Bridges to Abbeyshrule – East to West
Abbeyshrule to Lock 40 – East to West
Lock 40 to Lyneen Bridge – East to West
Lyneen Bridge to Richmond Harbour – East to West
The End… or, the beginning of the end?