Welcome to the Boyne Ramparts Heritage Walk. The Boyne Valley rich culture, heritage, myths and legends are to be experienced along the Boyne Navigation running from the Gateway to the Boyne Valley at Navan as far as Drogheda. The Boyne Navigation flows peacefully alongside 5,000 years of Meath Heritage, passing by the passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth, the Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge and the Estate Village of Slane.
This section is a linear walk of 8km (16km return) from Stackallen to Navan Ramparts. Along this stretch you will find interpretative panels providing interesting facts that will help you enjoy the beauty of the Boyne Valley. The Boyne is a Special Area of Conservation which aims to protect the nature conservation value of the area.
Please note that if you are commencing your walk in Navan that the trailhead carpark on the R153 road is a pay and display carpark so you must purchase and display a parking ticket before commencing your walk.
Some of the natural and built heritage along your walk includes the beautiful blue and orange kingfisher, the moorhen and her chicks swimming quietly on the canal, the shy otter which has become rare in much of Ireland and extinct in many European countries (he can usually be seen during early morning or late afternoon); and the heron with its elegant long neck standing at the water's edge for hours hunting fish. You will see the canal locks of the once busy Boyne Navigation, Babe's Bridge (the oldest bridge on the river) and pass close to the ruins of the eerie Dunmoe Castle and Ardmulchan Church then finishing up at Navan town before you retrace your steps back to Stackallen Bridge