Heritage Council


Recreational Use of Towpaths (2009)

Ireland has a vast network of river and canal towpaths. No longer used for their original purpose, they nevertheless provide a range of opportunities for city and rural dwellers, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the natural and built heritage of our waterways for recreation and exercise.

This report is published by the Heritage Council in response to a need that was identified by the Council’s Standing Committee on Inland Waterways. The purpose is to provide guidance and hopefully inspiration on best practice to those who are involved in the development of waterway towpaths for recreation.

View Recreational Use of Towpaths [PDF 1.9MB].