If I was a proper biologist I would have made a better fist of identifying the creatures which we encountered along the way. Most gorgeously, the damselflies were out in a numbers at the beginning of the walk.
Friday 6 June 2014
I'd launched Louis Brandeis. The family is currently N=5.5 with Dau.II here for a week as well as The Boy and his nuclear family. Sometime mid-morning we decided to go for a walk from Clashganny (pic tnx Steve Mathers) to St Mullins along the River Barrow: a distance of 10 or 12 km. It was a beautiful day and a blessing although it was a long way for the Gdau to stump along on her two-and-a-half year old legs. For regular sized people, the walk is easy because it falls from about 10m above sea-level at Clash to sea-level at St Mullins (which is the tide-head although a long way from salt water). The whole distance and far further North is part of the Barrow River Navigation, so one side of the river is bounded by a tow path which is more or less smooth under foot although the vegetation is encroaching from both sides in parts. It is full of interest: geological, botanical and zoological and a long way from the roads so notably quiet. To be recommended. This section of the River Barrow is part of the South Leinster Way which will take you just over 100km across the country from Kildavin to Carrick-on-Suir along unfrequented roads, trails and towpaths. Some of the businesses along the route are taking notice of the traffic and the cafe in Graiguenamanagh where we stopped for lunch will make picnics and sandwiches for those who are walking past rather than stopping to eat like civilised people (and us).