The seventh and final section of the Royal Canal Way takes walkers on a peaceful trek through the beautiful natural surroundings lying between Riverstown Bridge and Moran’s Bridge in Mullingar. This section of the walking route is located in County Westmeath in the Leinster province. Walkers will have to cover a considerable distance of fourteen kilometres in order to finish walking on this walking trail. There is little climbing to be done here so most walkers shouldn’t need more than four hours to get to the end of this trail. The surface terrain of this walking route is mostly composed of grassy bank. The harbour at Mullingar is notable for the fact that it is divided into two parts by Scanlan’s Bridge.
Hill of down is the place walkers need to be at to start the sixth section of the Royal Canal Way. This section ends at Riverstown Bridge. For this section of the walking trail, walkers will take in the delightful views of County Meath in the Leinster province. This section of the walking route is also easy like the previous sections and doesn’t any difficult climbing. Walkers will have to cover a distance of a little over ten kilometres. Three and a half hours should prove to be enough time for them to get from start to finish of this section. The surface terrain of this section of the Royal Canal Way consists of road and track. There is a wooded demesne called Hyde Park near D’Arcy’s wood. The old canal boats on D’Arcy’s bridge remind newcomers of the Leech family who were the last traders to work on the canal before its closure. Walkers will be able to view a fine harbour at Thomastown that owes its existence to the widening of the canal here. From this point onwards, there are two towpaths to follow on both sides of the canal. The southern path is even good enough for driving vehicles.
The fifth section of the Royal Canal Way stretches from Enfield Bridge to Hill of down. This section is located in County Kildare in the Leinster province. This section is also easy to complete for most walkers and extends over a long distance of fifteen kilometres. There isn’t much climbing involved on this section. Walking at a normal pace, walkers should be able to complete this section of the walking trail in less than four and a half hours. The walking terrain of this route is comprised mostly of grassy bank and to a lesser extent, track and road. Those with a passion for angling will want to check out the fishing competitions at Enfield Harbour. Stretching from here to Moyvalley, walkers will be thrilled with the attractive line of trees that is unmatched in its beauty on the whole canal.
The fourth section of the Royal Canal Way is located between McLoughlin Bridge and Enfield Bridge. This section is also located in County Kildare in the Leinster province. This is an easy walking route with little or no climbing to do. This section of the walking route requires the walkers to cover a distance of about nine kilometres. Three hours should be more than enough to complete this section of the Royal Canal Way. Walkers will have to pass through Cappa Bog on this walking route. There is a waterway here located between the 17th Lock and the Cloncurry Bridge. This waterway looks quite attractive thanks to the lining of trees along it. This walking route lies on the south bank of the canal. From Cloncurry bridge ahead, walkers will be walking along the canal for about a mile. After that, the road turns into a shaded area with trees and enters Enfield.
The third section of the Royal Canal Way takes walkers on a short journey through the beautiful countryside of County Kildare in the Leinster province. This section starts from Maynooth Harbour and ends at McLoughlin Bridge. This is an easy walking route with very little climbing. Walkers will have to cover a distance of about ten kilometres on this section of the walking trail. Most walkers won’t need more than three hours to finish walking on this route. This section is located on the north side of the canal. Most of the walking surface on this section of the walking route consists of grassy track. The canal comes to a close after Chamber’s Lock. The innumerable trees here make it quite difficult to see Kilcock.