Is there anything nicer than spinning along a countryside road, on a bright, dry, crisp Autumn day?
The Autumn series of cycles offers four 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?
Today's spin concludes the Autumn Series of Cycles! I've saved the best 'til last!
Clonroche - Kiltealy - Ballymurphy - Borris - Ballywilliam
Heading out the gate of the garden centre, we cycle the short distance up to the junction on our right. We take a right turn here, having to cross the road to do so. We need to be careful as it's a busy carriageway. We take the next left turn where we head in the direction of Kiltealy. There's beautiful landscape all the way along, particularly on our left hand side. It's a bit of a climb to Kiltealy but nothing too taxing. We pass a 1798 monument on our way. When we reach Kiltealy we turn left at Bowe's pub and head over in the direction of Shannon Lane and Knockroe. We will pass both of them on our way. We stay on the R702 and make our way over to Ballymurphy. Look around you, that's a fantastic landscape, it's breathtakingly beautiful. Being up in this area on your bike is a bonus. From Ballymurphy, we continue on the R702 all the way up to Borris, it's a short enough spin really. We will head up into Borris Town as it's here we will have our coffee stop (coffee stop is approx. 20 mins). I love exploring and there's no better way to do it than on your bike. When we have refueled, we leave Borris heading back down the R729. As we pass Clashganny we will pull in on the right handside to take in the infamous view of Clashganny Lough from the wall at the top of the woods. One of the most stunning views in Ireland, possibly the best in the South East of Ireland. We continue on the R729 passing down through Glynn and eventually getting to Ballywilliam. There's lots of downhill on this section! From Ballywilliam, we will cycle the R731 over to Rathnure and then head over in the direction of Courtnacuddy but we don't ever arrive there because we take a right hand turn on to the R730 which takes us back to Clonroche.
Yes, today is slightly longer. I've given us more time to complete it. We get to surround ourselves with Autumn in all it's glory. See it, Breathe it, Smell it, Feel it!
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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!
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