Athlone The Connaught Walk
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The Bridge, Athlone, Westmeath,
This interesting walk is 3 km in distance, it takes in the castle, the magnificent River Shannon and many interesting buildings and colourful streets.
Starting at the bridge in Athlone town centre cross the Bridge of Athlone and visit the castle. Leave the castle and proceed north along the river passing the Church of St. Peter and Paul, the town library, a memorial to Count John McCormack, Costume Barracks and Athlone Boat Club. Proceed under the impressive railway bridge, follow the road round to the left, pass the old railway station and continue to the traffic lights.
Turn left into Magazine Road. The road runs parallel to the disused canal that was used prior to completion of the works necessary to route the navigation along the main river channel. At Battery Bridge take the left fork and proceed along Connaught Street.
Continue along O'Connell Street and Chapel Street passing the Dean Crowe Memorial Hall on the right. Just after the hall turn left into Excise Street. At the end of Excise Street follow the road left into Fry place, the centre of Athlone's left bank district. Take the first turn right and walk to the river. Turn left and proceed back to the jetty.