After reaching the weir and lock at Maganey the lockkeeper brings us through the lock.
Some hundreds of metres further downstream the River Grease joins the Barrow and every winter brings silt into the navigation. Waterways Ireland is dredging there and we carefully drive around.
A light short shower arrives; we will get later a short second one with hail but in the Bestfield cut the blue sky is back.
The part below the lock is silted and we have to go close along the jetty and towpath.
We reach the remains of the Sugar Factory and Carlow itself. The new jetty opposite the Rowing Club is completely silted.
We moor at the Rowing Club, where William, the lockkeeper, surprisingly awaits us and helps with mooring and to fill up water. What a nice service!
After some jokes about the bucklings of our water tube and some unusual usage of duck tape we turn and go on through the Carlow Bridge, which is the lowest on the navigation. Behind the bridge we have to change to the west side of the river above an impressive weir.