The Grand Canal Greenway
The Grand Canal Greenway is an historic trail which traverses Leinster from Ringsend in Dublin City to the River Shannon at Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. The route is punctuated by canal locks, lock houses and industrial architecture from bygone days. The Greenway follows the pleasant canal towpath, which was formally used by powerful draft horses pulling barges laden with goods and passengers. The Offaly Grand Canal Greenway stretches from Edenderry in the east to Shannon Harbour in the west of the county. The Tullamore to Lough Boora Section of the Greenway links two landmark sites along Ireland’s Ancient East- Tullamore DEW and Lough Boora Discovery Park. The 22km journey westwards offers historic sites and rural tranquility in abundance. The current stage from Srah Road in Tullamore to Ballycowan Bridge is 3.6km. Be prepared. Although the route is primarily off-road, you still need to take special care at all road junctions and canal bridges. There are working farms along the route so take care of farm traffic. Beware of open deep waters of the canal. Ensure you have the fitness and time for the walk or cycle; check the weather forecast and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Be considerate of other people. This is a mixed use route - while walking, beware of cyclists approaching. Cyclists should use a bell to alert walkers. Park appropriately and do not block entrances or other cars. Leave gates as you find them and do not damage property. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife. Keep a safe distance from farm animals. Leave habitats, plants and animals as you find them.