Jackson’s Bridge & 14th Lock

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The walls of the Maynooth College grounds mark out the northern edge of the towpath. An easy walk along a firm path takes you to the engineering curiosity of Jackson’s Bridge with its five arches spanning canal, rail, river, cattle path and, as if specially designed with walkers in mind, a pedestrian bridge.

Jackson Bridge at 14th Lock is one of only two bridges on the canal with a separate arch for the towpath, the other being Newcomen Bridge over the tail of the 1st Lock.

The towpath continues with its peaceful environment disturbed only by the sound of the traffic on the motorway running parallel but out of sight to the south.