Welcome to the website for the Ulster Canal Greenway
The Greenway is a work in progress. It started off in 2013, with the opening of a 4.2km section through Monaghan town, constructed by Monaghan County Council with funding from the Dept of Transport Tourism & Sport (DTTAS).
Since then, the idea of using the canal in its entirety, plus the disused railway lines which intersected the canal at various points, to create Ireland’s longest network of off-road walking and cycling trails, has grown momentum.
A partnership has been formed, involving the Councils of Monaghan County, Cavan County, Mid Ulster, Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough and Fermanagh & Omagh, as well as Waterways Ireland, who have been given a remit by the North South Ministerial Council to pursue the development of the Ulster Canal as a greenway.
The site provides information on all aspects of the project, as follows:
- Information about Open Sections of the route. Each Council is working to develop sections of the route, so keep an eye on this for latest news on new routes.
- Information on Work in Progress. This section includes plans, design drawings etc., so is the place to go if you’re interested in details on a particular project being developed near you
- An overview of the Grand Vision for the long distance route, and how it fits into the national picture
- A history of the Ulster Canal
- Some information on greenways in general, and a ‘how to’ for those who are interested in what is involved in constructing a project of this nature.
It also provides information on the following:
- The ongoing work to protect the biodiversity along the Greenway, and use the route as an educational resource
- The special projects which are being developed along the Greenway
- The events which take place along the Greenway
- Who to contact for queries relating to the Greenway
The concept of Greenways is simple: they take disused transportation infrastructure such as abandoned railway lines and canals, and bring them back into use for sustainable transportation, such as walking and cycling.
You can read more about the wider context of Greenway development here
You can help us to look after our Greenway, by becoming a Friend of the Ulster Canal Greenway. Just sign up to our Friends of the Ulster Canal Greenway to be kept informed by email of opportunities to get involved with clean-ups, community fun days, and other events along the Greenway.
We hope you come to visit us, and when you do, please let us know your thoughts.