Summer 2021 - Destination Spin No 2
Cushinstown, Co. Wexford to St Mullins, Co. Carlow.
This route begins at Cushinstown. We take a left out of the church car park gate and make our way over the quiet country roads towards Lacken where we pick up the the R729 and head over towards Ferry Bridge, just outside New Ross. This road has adequate hard shoulder and a good road surface. Before reaching the bridge though, we take a right hand turn at Macmurrough Island, continuing on the R729 and head in the direction of St Mullins, Co. Carlow. We pass Kylerue and Poulmounty Mill on our travels and at the juntion of Ballinalour and Drummond, we turn left and head up the Drummond road. Continuing on this road, we reach St Mullins at the 17km mark. Heaven on our doorstep, we can set down the bikes, take off our helmets and totally relax while having our coffee stop here. Our coffee stop today will be 30 mins approx. There's excellent photo opportunities here, it's one of the most scenic parts of the south east. There's public toilets in the village centre (please note covid restrictions may impact on their opening). The Mullichain Cafe is a big draw to the area serving gorgeous coffee and tasty treats. Toilet facilities for customers may be available here. St Mullins is steeped in history. If that's your thing, it's definitely worth a 'Google' before we take this trip. Our approach to the riverside took us down a steep hill, as St Mullins sits on the side of the river in a valley, we have no option but to climb a short hill to take us back up to the road for the return journey. We follow the road we travelled to get to St Mullins all the way back. Be warned, there's lots of little ups and downs, twists and turns and it may mean cycling in single file for a great deal of it. The scenery is stunning though and well worth it. We can just take our time and enjoy our surroundings as we go. We eventually come back down to the junction at Macmurrough Island that brings us back out onto the New Ross to Enniscorthy road. We have good road surface and a hard shoulder up as far as the junction at Lacken, where we turn right to take us back over the road to our cars at Cushinstown. Todays adventure cycle comes to an end here!
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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!
Just a perfect day. Today's spin got off to a great start as we needed to lose layers before leaving the carpark! We have full summer sunshine and the heat that goes with it. Hello Vitamin D! The roads were lovely and quiet. The fact that we cycled at lunchtime possibly helped. We had a fair bit of climbing to reach St. Mullins but we arrived there in good time and made the most of the coffee stop. The carpark was jammers, irrelevant to us on our bikes, we had no issues parking up and making the most of this beautiful location. Heading back to Cushinstown we had lots of lovely downhill. We stopped here and there for a water break as it was still pretty warm. Again, roads weren't overly busy so as cycles go, it was a bit of a treat. The high point on the way back being the Straw Bale. The surrounding landscape looked glorious today, fields of gold and luscious green. As summer cycles go, today was definitely a success. Thanks for the great company everyone!
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