The Barrow Way is a walking trail stretching over a pretty long distance of 114km. This route is located between Robertsown and St. Mullins and comprises of ten sections. Each section is supposed to be completed in about half a day. The first section of this trail starts from Robertsown and ends at Rathangan. This section is located in County Kildare in the Leinster province. The distance to be covered on this route is pretty long at about fourteen kilometres but due to the almost non existent climbing involved here, this is classified as an easy section for walkers. About four and a half hours should be enough to finish walking this trail. The road portion of this walking section can be busy with traffic so caution is advised. Ballyteigue Castle can be found along this route. Many species of birds can be found along the canal side here. These include hawks, kingfishers and herons. When walkers reach very close to Rathangan, they will get to view the Hill of Allen towards the south. This hill is easily recognizable with a tower at its peak.
Walkers will have to set off on a short journey by foot from Ticknevin to George’s Bridge in Edenderry for experiencing the fourth section of the Grand Canal Way. This section is located in County Kildare in the province of Leinster. This is an easy walking route with minimal amount of climbing. Walkers will have to walk over a distance of eight kilometres on this route. It shouldn’t take more than three hours on this route from start to finish. Most of the walking surface on this route is composed of peat. After crossing Ticknevin bridge, walkers will walk through complete wilderness and won’t see another house for almost seven kilometres. After reaching Ticknevin Lock, there is a grassy path along the canal where walkers will walk through gorse bushes and reeds. The coniferous forest here sees a lot of activity from wildlife during the summer and spring. Some of the animals found here include pheasants, foxes and ducks. The western end of the coniferous forest is the location for the ruins of Blundells Castle. A church tower and a water tower can also be seen here.
The third section of the Grand Canal Way is located between Robertsown and Ticknevin. This section is situated in County Kildare in the Leinster province of Ireland. This is an easy walking route with minimum climbing involved. This route is spread over a distance of twelve kilometres. It should take walkers about four hours to finish walking on this trail. On this track, walkers can expect to find both road and grassy path as the walking surface. Shee Bridge is quite notable as the only bridge on this walking trail that features an oblique arch. This bridge is locally referred to as the Scow Bridge. From Shee Bridge, walkers are advised to take extreme care while navigating the road as parts of it can be very busy. Walkers will come across a beautiful cottage at Lowtown Marina. After that, walkers will be treated to gorgeous views of the legendary Hill of Allen. The track ahead is mostly populated by grass and shrubs.
The second section of the Grand Canal Way is comprised of the route lying between Sallins and Robertsown. This section of the walking trail is situated in County Kildare in the Leinster province of Ireland. The difficulty of this route is graded to be easy. This section of the walking path is stretched over a distance of twelve kilometres. There is very little climbing involved on this path so it should not take walkers more than four hours to complete this route. Walkers may need to cross stiles on this route. Care should be exercises here because the timber can be slippery when wet. The quay or wharf in Sallins is a pleasant place adorned with flower beds. Once the walkers are past the Leinster Aqueduct, they will find that the canal introduces them to the freshness of open countryside. The Hill of Downings can be viewed at the 18th Lock while the hills of Kildare will attract the attention of the walkers on the 19th Lock. Landenstown House and Robertsown Hotel are places on this route that warrant a visit.
A fine restaurant to reward your taste buds with in Kildare County is the Pickled Earl Restaurant. The brown bread made here has played an important part in spreading the fame of this popular restaurant. Seafood, homemade soup and steak are cooked here in interesting ways endowing them with unique tastes that the customers love to crave. Does prawn cocktail sound inviting? Is “smoked salmon salad and crab claws in garlic butter” the kind of food that makes your mouth water? Do you seriously fancy sinking your teeth in pan fried duck breast, wild Irish salmon or steak Diane? Does the mere mention of steak au poivre and fillet of beef start your stomach churning? If your reply to any of these questions is a resounding yes, you need to visit Pickled Earl Restaurant as quickly as possible to fulfil your fondest desires!