Transport Public transport services close to the canals in the county are very good. The Royal Canal towns of Leixlip, Maynooth and Kilcock are well served by commuter rail and bus with stops directly adjacent to the canal making it convenient to make a Leixlip/ Kilcock walk without having to retrace your steps. A commuter rail service parallel to the Grand Canal from Hazelhatch/Celbridge to Sallins/Naas stations allows a lengthy section of towpath to be tackled. West of Sallins public transport options are sparse but Robertstown, Allenwood Cross, Rathangan and Edenderry have bus connections while both Monasterevin and Athy have bus and rail links. A study of the transport company timetables will be help you plan your itinerary. Signs and Maps The walking routes described here are complemented on the ground by the brown signs erected at most bridge crossings indicating ‘The Grand Canal Way’ and the ‘The Royal Canal Way’ . Take note that in a few exceptional cases we have for reasons of safety or convenience recommended in the text a route slightly different from that indicated by the signs. Small black posts with a walking figure, which you may encounter, were erected to indicate the separate Kildare Way walking trail, which takes in bogland, open country and woods as well as some canal sections. The tow paths on the main canal corridors in the county are an integral part of the National Waymarked Trails Network. The waterway networks in Co. Kildare can be related to the road system and town locations by studying the Irish Ordnance Survey’s Discovery Series Maps 49, 50 & 55 which are printed at a scale of 1: 50,000. Irish National Grid reference: Leixlip (Cope Bridge), O 01 36; Lowtown Junction, N 78 25; Athy S 68 94. 8