Its five arches spanning canal, rail, river, cattle path - and as if specially designed with walkers in mind - a pedestrian underpass. The towpath continues with its peaceful environment disturbed only by the sound of the traffic on the motorway running parallel but out of sight to the south. A farm over bridge has been clad in unsightly manner with concrete but fortunately Chambers Bridge, a little further on, has been rebuilt with stone in the traditional manner. The lead-in to Kilcock brings the towpath back to the margin of the old western road. Kilcock’s role as stopping off place on the main road west has now disappeared with the building of a by-pass but the village’s canal side is a gem. Kilcock harbour was the flagship of the Royal Canal restoration campaign. In full view of what was then a busy road its restoration helped trigger public awareness of the canal’s scenic potential and inspired other canal side communities to take a fresh look at the waterway. Kilcock’s pubs and coffee shops are as good an incentive as any to finish the walk and replace some of the carbohydrates lost on the trek from Maynooth. Across the canal, Kilcock’s rail station is a handy option for a return journey. Enfield, (Co. Meath), eight miles away, is the next town with public transport services as the canal heads to the west. Kilcock Harbour 17 THE ROYAL CANAL