Grand Canal Way

If you are a die hard walking enthusiast, you will surely be interested in knowing more about the Grand Canal Way. This is a pretty� long walking route extending to an astounding distance of one hundred and fourteen kilometres. For the sake of convenience, this route can be divided into nine sections. Walkers will need about half a day per each section of this route. About ten hours of walking per day can have a very beneficial effect on the health of the walkers and is a great way for them to enhance their endurance and stamina. The Grand Canal Way walking trail starts from Lucan Road Bridge and culminates at Shannon Harbour. The first section of this walking trail takes walkers from Lucan Road Bridge to Sallins. This section is located in County Dublin in the province of Leinster. Walkers will have to cover a distance of about seventeen kilometres on this section of the walking route. This route is quite easy and involves minimal climbing so walkers will easily be able to cover this walking path in about five hours of relaxed walking. The flora of the surroundings on this route is quite extensive in variety. Expect to come across Canadian pondweed, meadowsweet, hawthorns, willows, beeches and many other trees of parkland variety. There is an interesting seventh century monastic grand round tower on the main street of Clondalkin that will be of particular value to history buffs. Beer lovers will want to pay their respects on the grave of Arthur Guinness who founded the Guinness’s brewery in 1759. He remains buried in Oughterard at the site of a ruined church and round tower.

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