After introductions, instructions and a brief mechanical & equipment check, we can start…
From the traffic lights, beside Balcurris ESB Sub Station and opposite the entrance to IKEA /Decathlon, we will head west along St Margarets Road, on a designated cycle path. Taking care as the cycle way crosses 5 intersections, before we join the bus lane at the intersection with Hampton Wood Park (0.9km from our start point). Still continuing along St Margarets Road (which has now become the R104). the bus lane is discontinued at the intersection with Jamestown Road and so we join the main road, continuing westward until we reach the Lanesborough roundabout at Meakstown (after 1.81km).
Here we shall take the 3rd exit and proceed north, along the R122, still called St Margarets Road. This is a main road with a grass verge, pay attention to the road surface for possible deformities or debris. We will pass a business park, before an Applegreen service station, with shop, cafe & toilet facilities, if necessary. Continuing northwards we will pass the end of Runway 28 at Dublin Airport, there may be a lot of noise, taller cyclists may need to crouch down to avoid striking overhead aircraft. At the roundabout , we will take the 2nd exit.
Continuing straight for 75 metres to turn left (after 4km) at Newtown Cottages, this is a small country lane with a few houses and farms - as a result, there may be some mud on the road, use caution. Continuing straight with the ruins of Dunsoghly Castle on the horizon, this nice quiet country road, with little to no traffic is called Broughan Lane and continues to be, as it winds past some fields, before turning left at the next junction. Soon, we will see the pitch and putt course at a T junction (6.5km from start) - we turn right here and continue to roundabout, whereupon we shall circumnavigate it and come back on ourselves, turning left into the Brock Inn, for a cup of coffee and perhaps a sarnie or two. There are picnic benches outside or railings at the rear to secure the bikes to. (7.3km so far).
After our refreshments, we shall return past Broughan Lane and straight down the North Road, R135 . This is a busy road but wide and with a hard shoulder as far as Kilshane Cross. Passing toilet facilities at Circle K/ Skyway cafe. At Kilshane Cross 4 way intersection with traffic lights, we need to be in the middle lane to continue straight ahead (8.5km). We will pass under the N2 motorway, past Dogs Trust and the new entrance to Huntstown Quarry, before it all goes quiet again and we make our way around some bollards at the end of the roadway before taking the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over junction 5 of the M50 (10.6km).
After the overpass, we remain on the cycle path, turning left at Charlestown Place (11.3km), passing McDonalds and KFC, before rejoining the roadway to turn left at Charlestown Shopping Centre (11.8km). A short incline returns us to Lanesborough roundabout (12.25km), continuing straight by taking the 2nd exit, returns us to St Margarets Road, the bus lane and back to where we started (14.7km).
Cycling 5 years in Fingal & a few holidays across Europe - most recently the Moselle wine valley & Bavarian Brewery Bike tour! In 2018, I took up the Cycling Ireland #2828challenge which led me to joining a club and completing a handful of sportives over the last year. Still learning and still enjoying the leisurely aspect whilst sharing a common interest, with new friends, plenty of coffee, cake and ice-cream!
Sue and Brian joined me for this gentle spin. Sue is organising regular cycles for her colleagues, a 'couch to GDBR' affair and hopes to bring more colleagues along next time. We did the planned route and an extra 5km on top of that. A cold dry but sunny day in North county Dublin!
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