entering the tidal section of the River Barrow, it is advisable to
plan a passage taking advantage of the tides. Bear in mind that the
tide can run at up to 4 knots, the tidal range varies from 2-4.5m
(6.5-15ft) and wind can have a big impact in more open waters.
Departing St. Mullins Lock or Quay 1-2 hours before high water
allows sufficient water depth to pass over the shoal called the
Scar, and also enough time to travel downstream to the Barrow
and Nore Confluence and explore the River Nore. When
meeting traffic: keep to the starboard side of the channel and
overtake with due caution on the port
side. If there
is no other traffic, keep on the outside of all bends. All the way
down river, there are traditional fishing hauls, each with
their own name.
Fishing cots are still sometimes seen pulled up on the banks
although the commercial fishery has been closed on the Barrow.
rivers meanders through two high-forested bends until it comes to:
a long, steep horseshoe with the 3-storey
Coolhill Castle towering above.