Spencer Bridge Glenaree Bridge Boston Common The Barrow Lin Slate River Rathangan 22 23 N W E S To reach the Barrow line cross Fenton’s bridge to the south bank of the Grand Canal just before the old canal coal-yard . Walk in the opposite direction from the yard following the west bank of the ‘old’ line of the Barrow junction. This is the channel nearest Robertstown as distinct from the ‘new’ line which diverges from the main course of the Grand Canal which is just west of the marina. Follow this bank for almost 3.2km (passing the Traveller’s Rest Pub at Littletown on the opposite bank) until you come to the junction where the waters of the old and new Barrow links combine. Cross the bridge to the west bank of the now combined canal and continue towards Ballyteige Castle. (If you are heading for the Milltown feeder cross to the east bank at the old 19th lock and double back a few paces to the bridge where the clear waters of the feeder join the main channel. Look out for the plaque on the wall, which recites the history of the old 19th lock.) The Barrow line links the main line of the Grand Canal with the River Barrow at Athy, some 46km almost due south. The lines cuts through bog and farmland in south-west Co. Kildare before running into Co. Laois through farming landscape and then turning towards the south Kildare town of Athy to join the Barrow’s peaty tide. 36 LOWTOWN TO RATHANGAN THE BARROW LINE 12.5 km / 7.75 miles RATHANGAN TO MONASTERVIN THE BARROW LINE 10.6 km / 6.5 miles MONASTERVIN TO ATHY THE BARROW LINE 22.5km / 14 miles RATHANGAN TO MONASTERVIN GPS 53.2692 -6.9967