We spent the next three days at Levitstown catching up on jobs and walking locally. This shrine was just beside the canal at Tankardstown Bridge.
The river is still running quite fast, particularly where it narrows to flow around islands. The chart shows us which side of the river it is safe to go. We must keep to the left, or east, bank until we reach Carlow.
On the approach to Maganey Lock we have to make sure that we keep well to the left. On slowing down nearer to the lock, the pull of the weir can definitely be felt.
The Barrow is a wider river than we were expecting. There are less trees in the next stretch.
It is pleasantly calm in the lock cut approaching Bestfield Lock, away from the river current.
Carlow is the first town on the Barrow since Athy. This footbridge is new since the canal guide was published.
Mini Puzzle to the rescue! We launch our faithful dinghy, find all the ropes that we can, and Sally sets off for the far bank, to take this line to the lockkeeper and his van. This first try was a failure, partly because it was Sally's first attempt at steering Mini Puzzle, so she did not go very straight, and also because we did not have enough rope on the line! The current was very strong which did not help either. At the second attempt we had added the thin nylon washing line, and Andy managed to get across with it. There was still not enough rope to reach the van so the anchor rope was also deployed, and Andy came back by dinghy to rejoin The Puzzler. Eventually, we were pulled free and reached the east bank safely. What a relief! Being stuck on a sandbank with the river level dropping would not be very safe at all.
The town bridge at Carlow is the lowest bridge on The River Barrow, but we are not too high so it was no problem. Immediately after the bridge the navigation turns sharply right, and we cruise along the top of the unguarded weir.
It is a relief to get past the weir and safely into Carlow lock.
The run into Clogreggan, the next lock on the river, is particularly pretty.
The river opens out again below Clogreggan.
We can see hills over to the west of the river.
There is a narrow cutting through the trees to Milford Lock. As boats should leave red markers to their right and green markers to their left, there must be some thin boats going under this bridge!