Coalisland Canal Walk
This is a walk along the towpath of the Coalisland Canal.
The Canal was opened in 1789 to bring coal from Coalisland to Dublin via the River Blackwater, Lough Neagh and Newry Canal. Coalisland acted as an inland port with lighters carrying grain for the mills and provisions for the surrounding towns.
Between Macks Bridge and Moor Bridge the River Torrent is one side of the Towptath and the canal is on the other.
Distance 3.9 miles
OS Map Sheet 19
Terrain Part Tarmac /Part unsurfaced
Nearest Town Coalisland
Route Shape Linear
Grid Reference H844663
Route Type Riverside
The walk begins at the Cornmill in Coalisland town centre. The towpath is a straight walk along the 4.5 mile stretch.
However, it has three sections after about 1 mile walkers will have to cross the Gortgonis Road at Macks bridge to access the second section of the walk .A further half mile along this pathway will lead to the busy Moor road at McAliskeys lock ,once again you must cross this road to connect to the last part of the walk, the final 3miles will lead to the Reenaderry Road where the canal path ends , this is known as The Point where the canal meets the Blackwater river.
Seven locks including a staircase lock at Macks Bridge.
Take turn off for junction 14 on the M1 motorway and follow the A45 to Coalisland. Park at Cornmill carpark in the centre of Coalisland.Exit the carpark opposite Dorman’s chemist, turn left and walk 100 yards until you come to the dam lock.
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Dogs are allowed but must be kept under control.
Refreshments are available in a number of cafes and restaurants in Coalisland. PublicToilets are also available in the town centre and have disability access.
Disabled car parking is also available at the Cornmill .