An off-road route shared by walkers and cyclists, the Longford Clondra Greenway is an easy, linear trail that takes 90 minutes to complete.
Connecting Longford Town with the pretty village of Clondra, the 16km route follows the Royal Canal’s idyllic towpath. Following a canal spur towards Killashee, it connects along the canal mainline and leads you to quaint Clondra Harbour.
Completely flat, the terrain consists of tar and chip trackway. Almost entirely off-road, the trail meets six road crossings.
Surrounded by farmland, bogland, lush canal bank scenery and pleasant still waters, the Longford Clondra Greenway is an enjoyable, tranquil route.
Longford Town boasts an array of pubs, cafés and restaurants, while smaller Clondra and its surrounds are home to a handful of welcoming spots for refreshment too.
- Clondra Harbour is the very spot where the Royal Canal flows into the River Shannon.
- Clondra Harbour or Richmond Harbour as it’s also known, is one of the most imposing cut-stone harbours along Ireland’s waterways. The harbour is 46 locks from the Royal Canal’s beginning at Spencer Dock, Dublin.
- Clondra is also home to 12th-century abbey ruins that are thought to sit on an even earlier 8th or 9th-century church.
- In Longford Town you’ll find St Mél’s Cathedral. This 19th-century Catholic church is dedicated to Saint Mél, who came to Ireland with Saint Patrick and who was ordained bishop at Ardagh, County Longford.