On the opposite sides you will see a large dry-dock feature while nearer the bridge and lock 27 stands a fine canal house. Note the array of mooring rings fixed to the warehouse walls - how they must have clanked as the mooring ropes strained against the gale on a winter’s night! Cross to the east bank over the busy Augustus Bridge and follow the track- to the last lock (lock 28) on the Barrow branch where the canal merges with river. The impressive horse bridge was built to take horses towing barges from the towpath to the bank of the river. Today it affords the walker a route across the river and a return to the town by a riverside path towards Athy’s town centre with its striking ensemble of Town Hall, Victorian Courthouse, and Geraldine castle (also known as White’s Castle), guarding the approach to the old bridge across the river. You finish your walk in the long-disappeared hoofmarks of the towing horses of bygone days when boats made their way from the canal exit back up against the river’s current to dock at the Barrow Quay in the town centre just below the bridge. Take a while to explore Athy’s many landmarks including the impressive bronze statue of Ernest Shackleton, Kildare’s famous Antartic explorer whose celebrated voyage is documented in the Athy Heritage Museum and whose expedition is recalled at the Ernest Shackleton School held each autumn. Whites Castle on the River Barow, Athy 48 COUNTY KILDARE’S TOW PATH TRAILS