On the River Barrow April 2011

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Wednesday 13/04/2011 Slyguff - Borris

Motto of the day: In the middle

The day starts with soft rain. We decide to have a half day rest and I bake bread. We start in the early afternoon and lock down. The rain has stopped; it is dry despite a little drizzle for short moments. Below Slyguff Lock I choose a course more to the middle of the river for a short stretch and the wind is forming waves on the surface.

In the middle, wind against currentIsland above Upper Ballyellen









After a small island, the weir and entrance to the cut of Upper Ballyellen appears. The mill race entrance in the cut sits in a bend.

Mill and maltings of BarracoreUpper Ballyellen Lock









After the lock we again have some current to Goresbridge, but all goes well in this shallow part. We pass Goresbridge and a nesting swan.

Rocks above GoresbridgeBridge at Goresbridge









Bridge at GoresbridgeBridge at Goresbridge









GoresbridgeSwan nesting at Goresbridge









We reach the weir and the shallow cut of Lower Ballyellen.

Lower Ballyellen weirLower Ballyellen cut









Lower Ballyellen LockLower Ballyellen Lock









Thin bank between lock and Barrow at Lower Ballyellen LockLower Ballyellen Lock









After the lock the current increases again. The following river section is rocky and we have to stay close to the towpath but to avoid the rocks at the bank. Some rocks are visible but others are under the water surface and only indicated by swirls. We reach the three weirs at Balltyiglea Lock.

Rythmic gymnastics at the tillerSwirls over rocks









A well-known rockBalltyiglea weir






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