Celbridge Lucan Collinstown Leixlip Reservoir Captain’s Hill Confey Sation Cope Bridge Carton House Confey Leixlip Spa Aqueduct Louisa Bridge Station Deey Bridge Pike Bridge Connoly’s Follly Castletown House R148 R167 R403 M4 Leixlip The Royal Canal The Royal Canal River Liffey R148 River Rye 13 To get a true appreciation of the construction follow a path just past the ruined watch house at the embankment and pick your way down among the worked out pits that were dug out by the 18th century labourers in their construction of the aqueduct. A waterfall generated by canal overspill tumbles down the embankment particularly after heavy rain. The aqueduct is more of a tunnel than a bridge-like structure. The stones, which form its massive vault, seem to strain under the weight of the millions of tons of earth above. Its construction brought about a crisis for the Royal Canal Company in the 1790s. Hundreds of workers spent six years pouring material into its foundations and for a time it looked as if the canal project might founder on the difficulty of crossing the Rye. The canal could have taken a less troublesome route but the Duke of Leinster who wielded great influence is said to have insisted that it should serve his demesne at Carton near Maynooth. Cope Bridge at Confey- an ideal starting point for your Leixlip/ Maynooth Towpath Trail 13 GPS 53.3994 -6.4874 THE ROYAL CANAL