Waterways: The Royal Canal

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Follow leading naturalist and broadcaster Dick Warner as he travels by barge along the Royal Canal from Dublin to Tarmonbarry and then onto Lough Ree in the Shannon. The series celebrates the final re-opening of the entire Royal Canal. On his journey, Dick meets both experts and ordinary people who live along the banks, learning from them about its heritage, history and wildlife.

1 Season, 5 Episodes
December 31, 2012
Documentary & Biography History Travel

Waterways: The Royal Canal Full Episode Guide

  • On this episode of Waterways Dick takes a break from Rambler and its crew and heads off in his canoe to enjoy a spot of fishing. He catches some perch and roach and carefully returns his prey to the canal. Back on Rambler he takes the wheel and guides the hull through green countryside on a ribbon of brown water like a spaceship on a long interplanetary mission.

  • In this episode Dick and the crew of Rambler are now well on their way to reaching the Shannon. At this stage in the journey their relationship with time has completely changed. They've adjusted to a much slower pace of life, a pace persisting from some earlier century. Featuring: Ballynacargy, ICA Country Market, 36th Lock House, River Inny, Harbour in Abbeyshrule and more.

  • In this episode of 'Waterways' Dick and the crew of Rambler reach the end of the Long Level and begin locking up to the summit level of the canal. Featuring: Riverstown, Trouble at the accommodation bridge, Mullingar, Canoe ride up the Lough Owel feeder, Sluice House, Coolnahay

  • In this episode of Waterways - Dick and the crew of Rambler enter the Long Level - the stretch of the Royal Canal between the seventeenth and eighteenth locks that's 32 kilometers long. Featuring: Enfield Harbour, Ireland engineer John Mc Keown, Furey's Pub, The River Boyne, A surprise from the Crew, Thomastown.

  • Dick and his crew of the Rambler leave the urban landscape of Dublin behind them to embark on the next leg of the journey. The outside world disappears as the canal dives into the "Deep Sinking" - a narrow rock cutting filled with extravagant vegetation. It runs from Castleknock to Clonsilla. Dick and the crew struggle slowly through with the Rambler.