FKT: Samantha Borrett - Arthur's Way Heritage Trail (Ireland) - 2021-08-17

Route variation
One way
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Total time
1h 30m 7s
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The main page route description was right when it warned the beginning could be confusing; there are signs for Arthur’s Way AND Arthur’s Walk. I followed the GPX file from the route page but the GPX file needs editing to show the 'way' route going from the square to the R148 rather than along the Heritage trail parallel to the Liffey although the distance is comparable. Once out of Leixlip and away from the multiple  trails and ways, the true 'Arthur's Way' is very well signed with fingerposts and circular way markers. 

I got dropped off in Leixlip by my husband and daughter and collected from the finish point at Oughterard cemetery. I ran with my hydration vest and some snacks just in case! The weather was cool with a brief light drizzle towards the end, quiet enjoyable conditions. The first hill was an unexpected slog but after that the route was brilliant and majority was traffic free. There was a lot of dog poo to keep an eye out for on the floor but when not watching my feet the views down the canal were lovely and the water was crystal clear! The country roads at the end are all inclined up to the finish, which feels hard on the legs but is a nice finale as you can see the tower in the cemetery from down the road, which spurred me on for the final push.