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The Barrow Way

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The Barrow Way

I am finding it difficult to find overnight accommodation for us four walkers travelling from Bagenlstown to St. Mullin's this following weekend. Perhaps near Goresbridge, Ballytiglee, Borris and Graignamanagh. but the latter being 26k from Bagenlstown may be a bit far for us O.A.P's!! Anyone any suggestions. The

Thankyou.re must be some guide with a list of B.&B.s, etc.?

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11. Re: The Barrow Way

Just to keep the thread alive and to hopefully interest more people in this underused recreational facility, here's a description of our recent walking trip, Carlow town to St Mullins.

Our party consisted of four 40's/50's, all with a moderate level of fitness; no marathon runners/triathletes, just recreational weekend walkers.

The trip extended from lunchtime Friday to lunchtime Monday, all in glorious July sunshine.

We overnighted in Leighlinbridge (Lord Bagenal Inn), Borris (Brenda's B&B) and Graiguenamanagh (The Waterside guesthouse). Only light rucksacks (x2) were used during the day.

Two cars were used, one left in Leighlinbridge with some of our luggage, the remainder of the luggage was left in advance in Borris and car number two was left in Graiguenamanagh. A little confusing perhaps but to clarify: at midday on Friday, the two ladies were left in Carlow town and both cars were driven to Borris to deposit bags and then the cars went on to Graiguenamanagh. One car was left there, the driver being picked up by car one and then this car, with remainder of our luggage was left in Leighlinbridge - and the by now exhausted drivers got a taxi back to Carlow to join their wives for a well deserved lunch.

Day One walk, Carlow to Leighlinbridge is recorded as approx. 12 Km; leaving Carlow after 4pm, we were checking into our accommodation by 7 o'clock. Not the most scenic section of the river but the old mill area at Milford is very pleasant in the afternoon sun.

Day Two walk, Leighlinbridge to Borris is the longest section, broken up with stops in Bagenalstown and Goresbridge - about 22 Km. While you reach Goresbridge at about 14 Km into your walk, it does not have anywhere for food except for the kindness of the pub landlady who made up some sandwiches for us. Bagenalstown boasts both a Supervalu and Lidl/Aldi supermarket with lots of fixings for a picnic so it might be an idea to stock up there.

Day Three walk, Borris to Graiguenamanagh, comes in at over 12 Km if you factor in the distance from the village centre to Ballytiglea Bridge, your restarting point on the Barrow way itself. Honesty must prevail - we spent the €10 on a taxi from the B&B down to the bridge.......

Having reached Graiguenamanagh after 1pm, we could have had some lunch and continued onward the 7.5 Km to St Mullins, particularly as the annual Pattern Sunday was on. But we didn't. The car was put into service though to make the short trip back to Borris to collect our luggage and we settled into a relaxing sunny afternoon by the river.

Day Four found us succumbing to the attraction of the rental bikes on offer at The Waterside so we were out and back by one o'clock. All that remained was to motor back to Leighlinbridge to collect car one and our expedition was complete.

Possible variations? An earlier start in Carlow would certainly make Bagenalstown reachable on Day One; accommodation there was difficult to source in the town itself. Lorum Rectory would have been willing to provide a pickup in the town but, apart from being on the expensive end of the spectrum, you would be very much out of the town for the evening.

Bagenalstown to Borris would be a bit less demanding in terms of distance on Day Two however.

Borris - Graig - St Mullins in a single day is doable, depending on the fitness levels, although if walking out to St Mullins, I would be tempted by a taxi booked in advance to take you back to Graig.

We were happy overall with our accommodation choices in terms of value for money; a light dinner with B&B in the Lord Bagenal worked out at €75 pp while The Waterside offered a similar deal for €69. We had hoped to stay in the Step Hotel in Borris but all rooms were gone; we did have an excellent dinner there for about €40 pp without wine.

Overall, we could not have met a friendlier bunch of people over the four days; a little disappointing that we were regarded as a little exotic - sadly a reflection how undiscovered this part of the world remains.

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12. Re: The Barrow Way

After posting questions on this walk, several months ago, I'm happy to say that we did it in May. Walked from Milford to St. Mullins over four leisurely days. We stayed in The Step Hose in Borris for three nights with the last night in Mulvarra House in St. Mullins. There were six of us and we left cars at beginning and end before we started each day and it was very easily managed. I could not recommend The Step House highly enough. A perfect location and a wonderful hotel. Beautiful rooms and exquisite food. A fantastic time.

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13. Re: The Barrow Way

Well done, rostourist and joannalan, for both your reports. They will certainly be most useful for others who follow in your footsteps.

Let's hope there will be many.

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14. Re: The Barrow Way

Have a long walk planned for next month, which includes monsterevin to St. Mullins along the Barrow way, does anyone one know if it's still ok to camp along the river/canal bank? as I haven't been down that way for awhile,

Thanks

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15. Re: The Barrow Way

Depends on where you want to camp?

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16. Re: The Barrow Way

intending to walk Lowtown to St Mullens this Sept . Any suggestions re b&b did it last time with tent,stove, etc now I want to enjoy it.

Thanks Ray

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