Royal Canal, Milltown
We were pleased to get a tip off about this location as Kildare is one of the few counties where we hadn’t been able to identify a swimming venue. Having said that we aren’t talking about a state of the art swimming pool here. However, this location is quiet, peaceful and , most importantly, the water where we swam was fresh and clear.
From where we parked at the ‘Hanged Man’s’ pub we crossed the bridge and turned left onto the tow path. At the start the water was distinctly uninviting and clogged with thick weeds. A 15 minute walk brought us to a spot where the weeds had thinned out and we could find an easy entry point.
The water was cool and fresh with a decent flow. Swimming against the flow took a bit of effort so be careful you don’t get carried away from your entry spot. Underfoot is muddy and soft but not the kind of surface you would want to be walking on.
After your swim you can have a pleasant stroll along the tow path or just sit on the soft grass and watch the reeds blowing in the wind.
Directions: From Dublin take the N7 and leave it at exit 10. Then take the R445 to Newbridge. In the centre of the town look for a right turn onto the R416 sign posted for Milltown. When you get to Milltown take a left turn and a further 200 metres will bring you to the car park at the Hanged Man’s pub.