Save the Barrow line



“This is special: we have to guard against copycat ideas that would make it ordinary; just like any suburban canal track. We have to save the grassy magic of the Barrow Line” - Olivia O'Leary


The Barrow Line is the local name for a unique natural grassy tow-path along Ireland's second longest river taking in the towns of Monasterevin, Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh and St Mullins. It is currently used by walkers and cyclists alike who have the opportunity to enjoy nature and the area's outstanding scenic beauty.

The authors of Hiking in Ireland have described the line ...

"The route meanders along a peaceful green corridor a world away from distractions of the modern world. The towpath is grassed almost the whole way and the views change constantly as the river winds through farmland, woodland and a cliff-lined valley. On the water you should see swans, herons and ducks, and perhaps a lively otter, whose wonderfully agile displays will imprint the route in your memory for a long time to come” 

The Barrow’s grassy line has been described by environmentalist and film-maker Dick Warner as being of inestimable value and of huge beauty: “It’s a treasure incredibly rich in wild-life”.

Waterways Ireland currently has plans to apply for planning permission to transform the grassy surface of the 90km route (see the FAQ page for more details) which we believe will irreversibly destroy the fabric of this unique amenity. Please take a minute to  sign our petition and to view our informational video. Please visit our news page for latest updates