We meet for our cycle at the entrance to the car park on R741 (Old Dublin Road) at The Frying Irishman/Ballyelland Pottery in Castlebridge opposite Wexford Block. A lot of this ride is on the Wexford Cycle Hub. It consists of mostly flat terrain on country roads.
We leave the car park and turn left on to the R741.We ride for about 6kms on this main road and when we reach Ballyfarnogue Crossroads we turn left. There are a few gentle hills at this section and after around 4kms we reach the village of Ballymurn. We continue down the hill in Ballymurn towards the village of Glenbrien. After 3kms The Grotto is on our left and we will stop here for a short water break. As we cycle along this small country road, there are very good views of The Blackstairs Mts.in the distance on the right. After 2.5kms we reach the motorway overpass at Riverview, where we turn left. There are fine views of Forth Mountain from this road, as we pass through Roperstown and Coolanickbeg (Cúl an Chnoic Beag). After about 5.5kms we arrive at the main N11 where we stop and turn left. This is just before Oylegate.
There are traffic lights at the junction in Olyegate, so special care is necessary. We will stop and take a break for water or coffee at the petrol station just after the village on our left.
After the break we will continue down the N11 towards Wexford town, for 4.5kms. At Kyle Cross we turn left and after 1.5kms we come into Crossabeg. At the junction in Crossabeg,the road takes a sharp turn to the right and we have the right of way. We carry on along this road, passing Artramon House on the left, and the recently developed site of St.Brigid’s Well and the Norman Tower House on the right. There are excellent views of The Slaney Estuary from here as we cycle the final 4kms to Castlebridge. We pass Edenvale Woods on the left and we need to pay close attention, here as there is a steep hill down to Poulsack Bridge over the Sow River.
From here we ride the final kilometre into Castlebridge. At the stop sign at The Frying Irishman, we take a left, and the car park is about 100m up this road on our left.
I live in Castlebridge in Co. Wexford and I am a keen leisure cyclist. I try to get out as often as possible and enjoy cycling mostly within my own locality. I would love to see more people out on their bikes, taking advantage of all the health and social benefits that cycling has to offer.
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