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Royal Canal on a Road Bike

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  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    The section around Leixlip between Confey and Louisa Bridge is very good but it fails between Louisa Bridge and Maynooth. However, from Maynooth west is fine on a road bike with the surface being either tarmac or crushed gravel



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,281 ✭✭✭Mercian Pro


    Latest update from DCC on their Phase 3 works between Phibsborough and the North Strand.




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,328 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    Must have a look on google maps, so I can get my head around the sections. Didn't think it was going to be almost another year!



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    Sure while you're waiting, maybe Fingal and Kildare Co Cos will complete their sections 🤔



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle




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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,328 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    I noticed today that they are putting new exercise equipment along the section from Ossory Road to Sheriff St. Good step, and I hope they don't get vandalised.

    I've also noticed a sharp increase in drug dealing along here. There was always people scoring around the railway underbridge. But the past while there's been more aggressive dealers, closer to Sheriff end. Well set up with chairs, and a lookout standing on a garage roof.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,661 ✭✭✭2011abc


    I would be rather concerned that 'surfacing' the canal banks is going to turn them into a haven for dodgy folk on escooters etc who might previously have avoided them .The toolkit didnt last 24 hours up this end



  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    I frequently walk the newly surfaced section from Confey to Louisa Br and can't recall the last time I saw an escooter in use along it. The toolkit damage was a disgrace but in all likleihood was done by locals (possibly not kids!)



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,328 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    So I've booked the train to Athlone, last minute, to cycle the greenway to Mullingar, and possibly on to Maynooth from there. Haven't done that first stretch before. Do I go left out of Athlone station, and join the greenway here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/o5ftD5s2THnHrsvw5

    Or can I head into the town, and cross the new bridge they opened last year, and start it from there?



  • Registered Users Posts: 753 ✭✭✭Roadtoad


    B. From Connaught to Leinster, obviously. Get into St. Catherine's Park and you are all the way to Dublin!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,601 ✭✭✭traco


    Have you a specific route you'd recomend in from the park? I'm looking at a similar spin but don't know that area and if there are shared bikepaths etc? I'd be taking my time and just in tour mode.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,328 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    Ended up getting to Mullingar 5 mins too late for the train, so continued to Enfield.
    Made a wrong turn somewhere, which put me on the wrong side of the canal. Didn’t want to turn back, so continued on difficult terrain until the next bridge.
    Then had to blast it at max effort to make the next train.
    Just got to the platform as it was pulling in. Not sure the legs could have handled having to continue to Maynooth for a local train.



  • Registered Users Posts: 753 ✭✭✭Roadtoad


    My preferred route is along the north side of the Liffey from the steps at Lucan bridge to Chapelizod bridge, cross the river and then along the tow path and through the War Memorial park. Probably not a great choice at rush hour, but usually quiet enough! From there to O'Connell bridge there's lots of cycle paths on the north side, but not the nicest of scenery.



  • Registered Users Posts: 753 ✭✭✭Roadtoad


    Stopped for a coffee in a popular and pretty hostelry on the Kildare/Meath border. While supping my water on the bench outside (the Angelus bell had not yet peeled) I was told by staff to move my bike, which was resting like Flann O'Brien's policeman against the wall, to the public rack across the road. Move it I did, to Maynooth.

    Had my coffee in a well appointed and fashionable eatery. A cup of 1960's Irel coffee would have improved things immensely. The fruit scone was thankfully 100% fresh and tasty.

    Great cycle with old pals, managed to be ahead of or behind all the showers.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,428 ✭✭✭Gerry


    Interesting.. on both counts. can the maynooth establishment be named at least, since that was good?



  • Registered Users Posts: 69 ✭✭Peeling1979




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,661 ✭✭✭2011abc


    If you Google I think theres a video (Youtube) which shows a cyclist doing the route in about two minutes (obviously speeded up!)It is possible to get on the wrong side of the canal and end up bogged down or in a cul de sac after several KMs



  • Registered Users Posts: 753 ✭✭✭Roadtoad


    Ah, let me see… the JEWEL in the crown of that cafe is their fruit scones!

    I hope the other place are not FURIOUS with my review. I'll be back, its usually a good gaff.



  • Registered Users Posts: 20,941 ✭✭✭✭Stark


    Was it one of those wheel bending toaster racks to add insult to injury?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,904 ✭✭✭cletus


    Surprised at the establishment that asked you to move the bike, they're normally very good to deal with.



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  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 39,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭Seth Brundle


    I'm trying to speculate on the Maynooth JEWEL that you liked - is it Shoda?

    My recollection is that they're proper stands.



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,428 ✭✭✭Gerry


    Yeah I'd been hoping it wasn't them to be honest. That's a bit unfortunate. But I've not had much interaction there on the bike as they've usually been closed when I pass.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,281 ✭✭✭Mercian Pro


    Th latest update on the Louisa Bridge to Maynooth section is at https://www.facebook.com/share/p/LWCSSobcSKJECLni/ Access at Louisa Bridge will be restricted for 8 weeks from when the works start on May 9th and the full scheme will take 14 months. Presumably there will be section by section closures as the work progresses.



  • Registered Users Posts: 69 ✭✭Peeling1979


    Have to say I’m lost on both! I’ve a soft spot for the Elite bakery on Main St., proper old school, and Black Dog in Enfield, safe parking for the bike out the back and a panini, coffee & bun is never much more than a tenner.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,281 ✭✭✭Mercian Pro


    Yet another delay on the Dublin section from Cross Guns (Phibsborough) to Ashtown. Following a referral by a couple living alongside the canal, Bord Pleana has ruled that a NIS (Natura Impact Assessment) must be prepared to assess any impact the widening of the towpath may have on Dublin Bay! Ironically, some of the widening is being done to provide two-way vehicle access to the couple's house and three others.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,328 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    Sorry to be lazy, but any chance of a link? Two way access sounds like it would take up too much space to be honest. But I know there's a good bit of space available on the the right as you head towards the houses.

    I think it wasn't long ago when these houses were due to lose some garden space with an earlier metro plan, since scrapped.

    Edit: Glasnevin Station
    Residents of Coke Oven Cottages have received notice of a compulsory purchase order
    from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) for sections of their property to facilitate the
    realignment of the railway in conjunction with the development of the proposed Glasnevin
    Station at Cross Guns. The station is planned to link the Maynooth rail line with the proposed
    Metro and construction is currently scheduled for 2022.

    Post edited by Citizen Six on


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,124 ✭✭✭nilhg


    Am I correct in thinking that the works about improving some sort of infrastructure (ducting for fiber optics, gas or water mains) than actually improving the existing walking/cycling paths? My daughter is living just of Whitworth road and the works along there certainly looked a bit industrial…



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,328 ✭✭✭Citizen  Six


    No, it's mostly about improving the paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Huge work going in to make transitions and access easier, including a new bridge along the Whitworth section.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 805 ✭✭✭devonp


    Out for a stroll y’day evening at LB, not sure if this applies to all walking and cycling or just westbound from LB where the upgrading is taking place ?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,059 ✭✭✭buffalo


    From what I've seen, access onto the canal there in both directions will be closed for the two months (see KCC post below). After that at some point, the towpath from LB to Collinstown will be upgraded. Looks like the tender for that hasn't been awarded yet: https://www.etenders.gov.ie/epps/cft/prepareViewCfTWS.do?resourceId=2648731

    https://kildarecoco.ie/EmergencyNews/wp/2024/05/07/glas-civil-engineering-ltd-will-be-commencing-works-on-the-royal-canal-greenway-scheme-from-louisa-bridge-leixlip-to-maynooth-harbour-from-the-09-may-2024/



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