Maganey bridge to Carlow town, Barrow Way, Co Carlow - Way to go
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 61; downloadable map/ instructions at discover ireland.ie/walking and walkireland.ie.
TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie): Carlow (5 miles). Road: N9 to Carlow, R417 to Maganey Bridge. Taxi: A1 Cabs (059 914 2020); Carlow Cab Service (059 914 0000).
WALK DIRECTIONS: From Maganey Bridge, follow the River Barrow towpath south along the east bank to Carlow town.
LENGTH: Five miles -- allow two hours.
CONDITIONS: Towpath underfoot all the way.
DON'T MISS: Maganey lock house; back drain culvert under River Griese -- daring boys would dive through it; lime-burning tower of the old sugar factory.
REFRESHMENTS: Reddy's Bar and Restaurant, Tullow Street, Carlow Town (059 914 2224).
ACCOMMODATION: Avlon House, Green Lane, Dublin Road, Co Carlow (059 917 4222; carlowbedandbreak fast.com). Tom Donagher runs this immaculate B&B.
GUIDE BOOKS/ LEAFLETS: Guide to the Barrow Navigation (published by Waterways Ireland).
INFORMATION: discover ireland.ie/walking; coillteoutdoors.ie. Carlow Autumn Walking Festival 2010: October 8-10. Tourist Office: College Street, Carlow (059 913 1554; carlowtourism.com).
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, Tipperary: January 29-31 (aherlowhouse.ie).