Maynooth to Meath/Westmeath
Maynooth to Meath/Westmeath Border
The section of the greenway located between Maynooth and the Meath/Westmeath county boundary runs along the towpath of the Royal Canal for its entire length of 38km. The proposed scheme passes in out and of Counties Meath and Kildare at different locations along the route with approximately 17km in total in Kildare and 21km in Meath.
The towpath was formerly used by horses to pull barges along the canal but is now more typically used by walkers, fishing enthusiasts and in some areas as an access road to domestic and agricultural holdings located adjacent to the canal. In most areas the canal bank has been colonised by aquatic vegetation while hedgerows, trees and scrub form the boundary habitat. The cycleway will be a 3m wide dedicated route between Maynooth and the Meath/Westmeath county boundary and will provide a safe environment for cyclists and pedestrians as users will be segregated from vehicular traffic for the majority of its length.
In relation to County Meath Sections: Planning was approved for the final section between Maynooth and the Meath/Westmeath border in July 2013. In August 2016, Meath County Council commenced work on the construction of the 12.6 km section from the Meath/Westmeath border eastwards to Moyvalley and this section is now complete. Construction works are continuing at Moyvalley where a new structure is being built to bring Greenway users safely under the old Dublin to Galway road (formerly the N4 now the R148). This section is expected to be complete in Summer 2019.
A further section is under construction between Ferran's Lock, Co. Meath and Clonurry, Co. Kildare and this will be complete in Summer 2019 also.