44 The walk from Monasterevin to Athy is long and, in terms of scenery, hardly spectacular. But the route is important as it parallels the canal channel, which linked two of the busiest ports on the Barrow Canal. Keep to east bank over the Aqueduct Bridge. Look for the abandoned Mountmellck Branch, which diverges to the west immediately after the aqueduct. Cross to the west bank at the next bridge, known as Moores Bridge. You can cross the road bridge and rejoin the canal by following a short laneway. On regaining the track there is a gravel surface for a short distance followed by a grassy stretch prone to becoming soggy after rain. The canal runs parallel to the main road for some distance before curving to the south and following a course through flat and intensively farmed land. A neat farmstead marked by a line of beautiful cherry blossom trees on the canal bank signals the return to a tarmac road. You now have the option of following either the east or west bank tracks to Vicarstown. MONASTERVIN TO ATHY THE BARROW LINE 22.5km / 14 miles