The starting point for the Kildare section of the Royal Canal walk is at Cope Bridge beside Confey Station, Leixlip. To get to the starting point from the centre of Leixlip, walk up the steep hill known as Captain’s Hill until you come to the canal bridge. Some city bus services travel to Confey although rail is the most convenient option. Maynooth Chambers Bridge Jackson’s Bridge R407 R148 R406 R148 M M4 Kilcock Courtown Bridge To Enfield N W E S Kilcock Rail Station 14 15 Beginning on the north bank and facing west, walk along the towpath towards a point where the canal turns sharply. To the south the housing estates of Leixlip are barely visible behind the canal-side hedges while, to the north, the landscape is surprisingly rural given its proximity to the suburbs. The waterway bends sharply as if to tease the walker for a moment by concealing an engineering marvel. This is the point where it crosses the Rye Valley- a dip in the landscape, which at first looks mundane but on closer inspection can be seen to alter the contours of the land so much that the waterway has to be carried across on the massive earthen embankment. 12 GPS 53.3798 -6.6031 GPS 53.3994 -6.6695 LEIXLIP TO KILCOCK THE ROYAL CANAL 13.5km / 8.5 Miles HAZELHATCH TO SALLINS THE GRAND CANAL 13km / 8 miles SALLINS TO ROBERTSTOWN THE GRAND CANAL 11.5 km / 7 miles ROBERTSTOWN TO EDENDERRY THE GRAND CANAL 21 km / 13 miles