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Walking At Barberstown Castle
Explore Kildare's Towpath Trails
Although artificial in construction the canals complemented rather than dominated nature and their waters and banks sustain plant life, fish, birds and mammals in a habitat of attractive diversity.The trails include three major sections: the Royal Canal; the Grand Canal (main line); and the Barrow Line. It divides the latter two into shorter sections of about eight to thirteen miles in length which will help with walk planning. A walking pace of about three miles per hour (five kilometres per hour) is a good planning average.
Still canal waters form liquid roads across seventy-five miles of Co. Kildare. The www.visitkildare.ie website will help describe the best route along the canal bank for walkers. It should be noted the underfoot conditions along any given stretch can be variable ranging form a narrow grassy track to a surfaced public road. The walking routes described here are complemented on the ground by signs erected at most bridge crossings indicating 'The Grand Canal Way' and the 'Royal Canal Way'.
Visit these historical towpaths, located just minutes from Barberstown Castle.