These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016, returning to Roanne for a second winter.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

6th - 8th June. Down the Barrow to Graiguenamanagh.

From Ballytiglea lock we carried on downstream. Sometimes there are rocks in the middle of the river, which have been brought down by the flow when it is in flood. This is certainly one to avoid!


The lock cuts are quite narrow in places, this being on the approach to Borris lock.



However, below the lock, the river widens out and it is very calm today.
With Clashganna weir across the river straight ahead of us, at first it is difficult to see the navigation channel running to the left, along the top of the weir. There are no booms across any of the weirs on the River Barrow, but you get used to this.


As we get nearer it is easy to see our route, close to the left bank.



On leaving Clashganna Lock, we seem to be heading straight for the hillside ahead!

Below Clashganna lock this sandbank builds up, so it is Keep Left when exiting the lock. This is a popular swimming spot.
There is work going on to improve the mooring above Ballykennan double lock, which makes for a tricky waiting place for The Puzzler, while the lock is prepared.



With all the racks up, it does not take long to fill the top chamber of the lock.

At last we can see Graiguenamanagh ahead. It is over a year since we first set off down the River Barrow to get here, but it has been worth the wait!

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