Royal Canal Way, Co Kildare/Meath - Way to go
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 49; downloadable map/instructions at discoverireland.ie/walking.
TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie) to Kilcock; return from Enfield. Bus (buseireann.ie): 115 Dublin-Longford Road: M4/N4.
WALK DIRECTIONS: From Kilcock station, cross Royal Canal; left along towpath ('Royal Canal Way') and follow it to Enfield.
LENGTH: Eight miles -- allow three to four hours.
CONDITIONS: One or two stretches very muddy. Mostly buggy/bike/dog-friendly.
DON'T MISS: Beautiful wildflowers; stone-carved plaque on McLoghlin's Bridge; old-fashioned water tower and signal-box at Enfield.
REFRESHMENTS: Aglio Restaurant, Enfield. Tel: 046 954 9718. Great pizza.
GUIDE BOOK: 'Towpath Tours' by John Dunne (Collins Press).
INFORMATION: Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square. Tel: 045 530672; kildare.ie/ kildareheritage.
WALKING FURTHER AFIELD n Tinahely Trailwalking Festival, Co Wicklow: April 29-May 2 (tinahely.ie).
- Donegal Bluestack Walking Festival: April 30-May 1. Tel: 087 784 4803; donegal walkerswelcome.com.
- New 'Walk Safely' leaflet (Mountaineering Ireland & Fáilte Ireland) available from mountaineering.ie.