Into Kildare Tow Path Trails 2023
The Into Kildare Tow Path Trails are informal linear walk punctuated by the locks that characterise the canal, carefully restored surviving lock-keepers cottages and the towns and villages whose existence is owed to the trade and commerce the canal brought in the 18th and 19th centuries. Much of the landscape through which the routes pass are untouched by modern agriculture and remain a perfect oasis for the flora and fauna that was originally common throughout our countryside. Re-published in Spring 2023 this booklet will act as a detailed guide to the Kildare Canal Network for a new generation of walkers and cyclists throughout the county.
There are one hundred and twenty kilometres of canal channel wholly within Co. Kildare. This guide describes three major sections: the Royal Canal, the Grand Canal, and the Barrow Line. It divides the latter two into shorter sections of about thirteen to twenty kilometres in length, which will help with walk planning. A walking pace of about five kilometres per hour is a good planning average.