exiting Lower Tinnahinch , keep to the left of the channel / east bank
as there are two small weirs, which are usually submerged.
Carriglead Lock is
the oldest on the navigation and has a 1.78m / 9 ft fall.
600 m south of the
lock is Freney’s Chair. Freney the 18th Century highwayman
used to use it as a reference mark for hidden loot on Brandon Hill.
Freney evaded capture over the years with various tricks –one was
reversing his horse’s shoes
Brandon Hill rises steeply on the west bank and on the east bank
slopes Bahana Wood. An 18th century limekiln marks the turn
into the woods and the start of the Slí na Sláinte trail.
derives its name from beith, the Irish for birch. The forest
contains some remnants of old oak woodlands and a nice stand of beech.
There is a great variety of conifers including Douglas fir, Scots
pine, Norway spruce, Japanese larch, and Western Hemlock. Birch and
holly abound with some ash and hazel. Woodcock, pheasant and a
variety of riparian bird life are in the area. Rabbits, red squirrel
and occasionally the otter can be glimpsed on the riverbank.