Is there anything nicer than spinning along a countryside road, on a bright, dry, crisp Autumn day?
The Autumn series of cycles offers numerous bike rides in very different locations. Each with it's own challenge, these bikes rides are an opportunity to explore areas that you may not be particularly familiar with. The individual routes are all stunning in their own right. Yet again, I find myself saying “Aren't we the luckiest people alive, getting to live where we live?” - So, who's in? Who fancies a 'Micro Adventure' on a Saturday morning?
Ballinaboola - Sliabh Coillte - Campile
We head straight across the road cycling down past the side of the service station on the L4023 and head over towards Sliabh Coillte, crossing over onto the L4027 a short distance before we reach the high point of our bike ride! Sliabh Coillte, standing at 322m, is a not too long and winding climb. I'm not going to lie, there are a couple of pinch points where it gets a little steep but there are also lots of opportunities to catch your breath too as we make our way to the top. We can stop at any point and take a break. When you do eventually reach the top you will be glad you persisted and kept going. The views are amazing. We can take our time up here and enjoy the fruits of our labour. It's a quick spin back down. Steady how you go, fingers covering the breaks at all times. We take a right hand turn at the bottom gate taking us towards Whitechurch and then on down to Campile. Campile is a quaint little village with lots of interesting and unusual features. There's plenty of history attached to it too. We'll stop for coffee here at the 22km mark (coffee stop is 20mins approximately). We will then head out in the direction of Gusserane and then on over to Newbawn and from Newbawn back up to Ballinaboola where we started.
If you would like to join this cycle but do not wish to make the climb at Slieve Coillte, that's absolutely fine. There is an option to wait at the bottom (JFK Park and coffee stop are just across the road).
New faces are always welcome!
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I love my bike! I love adventure, being outside in the fresh air, on the move, all year round. I love how it makes me feel - Alive! I honestly believe the best experiences are shared experiences which is why I decided to register to become a Ride Leader. I want to share the 'Feel Good' with as many people as possible. We will never be as young again as we are now, let's give it a go and see what happens!
I think we got the perfect day! We had a very light breeze here and there, some sunshine but overall a lovely mild, dry day. A really great day to be out exploring some unknown territory. Everybody made it to the top of Sliabh Coillte which was incredible. Well done everyone. We stopped for coffee in Campile and got to see the most beautiful memorial sculpture in the village. The trees are almost bare but every now and again we were met by the last of the yellow leaves hanging onto the branches of their tree. Overall, another successful AXA Community Bike Ride.
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