Challenging

New Ross to Graiguenamanagh

Tesco Carpark, New Ross
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Leaving the carpark, we turn right and head down the New Ross relief road which connects with the R700 at Mannions pub, we head down the hill and turn left over the Ferry Bridge. Staying left, on the R700 we make our way up the climb of about 3k that takes us to the right hand turn for the Rower. We make this right turn onto the R705 and climb again for about another kilometre or so, passing through the Rower and in along the beautiful scenic route which is one of the most fabulous vantage points in the south east of Ireland for the views of the surrounding landscape. To our right we have the Blackstairs range of mountains with their purple hue from the various heathers and just below us is the Barrow river, making its way to meet its sisters and flow out into the Waterford estuary. As we cycle closer to Graiguenamanagh, we have Brandon Hill on our right-hand side. It's a fairly straight cycle into Graiguenamanagh, we will turn into the town centre at the first roundabout making our way down High street, crossing over to Abbey street, down Barrow Lane and back along the Quay. There is an option here for a coffee stop at the Waterside. Having explored Graiguenamanagh we cross the bridge over the Barrow which takes us over to Tinnahinch, Co Carlow. We turn right at the end of the bridge where we will pick up the tow path at the edge of the river and make our way down to the beautiful little spot that is St. Mullins. We will pass Freanys Chair as we go. There's a story to it. Let me know if you'd like to know more. St. Mullins is our second option for a coffee stop, or a water stop if not. After this stop, we leave the village via L30083 and then onto the L3008 as we cycle back in the direction of New Ross, turning onto the R729 at Ballynalour. We continue along this road until we eventually come to a T junction taking us out onto the R714. We turn right at this T junction, follow the road back up the short hill and then turn right back onto the New Ross relief road and make our way back up to the carpark from where we started.  We have a little bit of everything - town centre, traffic lights on a hill, more hills, flat road, village life, river side, tow path, mountain views, quiet country roads and hopefully delicious coffee. 

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Georgina Gaul
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Georgina Gaul

About

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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Georgina Gaul

A large cold grey fog hung over the very beginning of todays cycle, but we set out anyway with an optimistic mindset and we weren't disappointed. By the time we reached Graiguenamanagh we had blue sky and sunshine. Stopping here for our coffee break, the universe had catapulted us into holiday mode and we enjoyed this all the way to St. Mullins. There were boats on the move through a couple of the docks. There were other cyclists, people walking and people fishing, all in the beautiful September sunshine. It could not have been better. The spin back to New Ross went pretty quickly and before we knew it we were back at the carpark. All the better for our time out on the bikes. Thanks everyone for another great spin!

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