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06-06-2017, 21:06   #31
 
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Maybe even from a bit further east on the county boundary.

Was able to average about 23kph on the blinded stone sections on 25mm tyres. There has been a lot of debate elsewhere as to whether the full route to Galway should be Tarmac or a mix of blinded stone on the rural sections and Tarmac near towns. This seems to be Waterways Ireland preference and I for one would have no problem with it.
What's blinded stone when it's at home?
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What's blinded stone when it's at home?
A layer of fine grit on top of a rough stone base. It's what used on the Great Western Greenway and a lot of other rural cycle paths.
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A layer of fine grit on top of a rough stone base. It's what used on the Great Western Greenway and a lot of other rural cycle paths.
They've put a fair bit of this on the Grand Canal too from Hazelhatch to Ardclough. After going through a muddy section it feels like being on a regular paved road again. Personally, I think it is ideal for these routes, as it is also a nice surface for walking and running, less environmentally disruptive to lay, and cheaper.
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The Deep Sinking visited by Dick Warner

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Somewhere to eat near Mullingar?

a couple of friends and I will be passing through Mullingar on Saturday (on the canal towpath) and will be looking for somewhere to get lunch close to the canal, preferably somewhere we could sit outside with bikes in view.

anywhere say 5k either side of Mullingar or the town itself.

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a couple of friends and I will be passing through Mullingar on Saturday (on the canal towpath) and will be looking for somewhere to get lunch close to the canal, preferably somewhere we could sit outside with bikes in view.

anywhere say 5k either side of Mullingar or the town itself.

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Mary Lynch's pub might be the best. On the canal and nice lunch menu. Dublin side of Mullingar
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This from today's Irish Times :
Towpaths and greenways (via @IrishTimes) http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/le...ways-1.3126815

Looks like work is in progress between Enfield and Longwood. Anyone know what the section west of Longwood is like and where the upgraded Westmeath section actually starts?
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This from today's Irish Times :
Towpaths and greenways (via @IrishTimes) http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/le...ways-1.3126815

Looks like work is in progress between Enfield and Longwood. Anyone know what the section west of Longwood is like and where the upgraded Westmeath section actually starts?
everything i've read on it suggests it starts at the county boundary.
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a couple of friends and I will be passing through Mullingar on Saturday (on the canal towpath) and will be looking for somewhere to get lunch close to the canal, preferably somewhere we could sit outside with bikes in view.
anywhere say 5k either side of Mullingar or the town itself.
I know it's a fair bit down past Kinnegad from Mullingar but if you make it near Enfield / Moyvalley go to Fury's, without a doubt the badass home pubgrub and delicious pints on the canal
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For anyone trying to keep up-to-date on the improvement works on the Royal Canal Greenway, check out https://www.facebook.com/royalcanalgreenway/
They also have a linked website.
The best maps are on www.irishtrails.ie/trail/Royal-Canal/28/ and there is a useful distance table on http://www.royalcanal.ie/royal-canal...istance-table/

Looks like some works are due to be completed this December with more promised in early 2018. Dublin, Fingal and Kildare are seriously lagging behind Westmeath, Meath and Longford.

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For anyone trying to keep up-to-date on the improvement works on the Royal Canal Greenway, check out https://www.facebook.com/royalcanalgreenway/
They also have a linked website.
The best maps are on www.irishtrails.ie/trail/Royal-Canal/28/ and there is a useful distance table on http://www.royalcanal.ie/royal-canal...istance-table/

Looks like some works are due to be completed this December with more promised in early 2018. Dublin, Fingal and Kildare are seriously lagging behind Westmeath, Meath and Longford.
New section opened in Kilcock nice to see
http://kfmradio.com/news/20122017-16...re-opens-today
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New section opened in Kilcock nice to see
http://kfmradio.com/news/20122017-16...re-opens-today
It's a pity that the picture is of about the least inspiring bit of canal in the area...
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Are they finished at Maynooth? Or will they continue on towards Leixlip and the deep sinking?
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Are they finished at Maynooth? Or will they continue on towards Leixlip and the deep sinking?
From the Royal Canal Greenway website in November:

Castleknock to FCC/KCC (Dublin/Kildare) Border – feasibility done, Fingal County Council are about to complete the tendering process for a design engineer for the deep sinking portion which is likely to be costly and there are some concerns for the environmental impacts of heavy construction in this area – indications are that it may be a further 2 years before this section is complete.

Dublin/Kildare Border to Maynooth – feasibility done – next stage preliminary design – no further update available.
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For completeness could people fill in the gaps below.

https://i0.wp.com/royalcanal.ie/wp-c...full-royal.png

From Tarmonbarry to Clondra - I didn't think there was a section to walk/cycle along the canal - does anyone know if there is?
The next village after Tarmonbarry is Clondra.
From Clondra and from Longford where they meet at the 'V' - this section is complete.
From that V point to Ballymahon is in progress - should be complete in the next few weeks afaik.
From Ballymahon to Mullingar is complete.

After Mullingar what sections are complete?
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