We shall meet Saturday morning at 09:30am inside the gate to Forrest Little Golf Club, please don't block the entrance! We will travel parallel to the main road, up Cooks Lane and briefly out to the roundabout before coming back on ourselves and heading down Kilreesk Lane. Turning left at the T-Junction, look out for the postcard perfect cottage on the left - whitewashed walls, red windows and doors, quaint but totally impractical for anyone over 5'10”! A right turn takes us down towards St. Margarets GAA grounds. We continue over the Ward river and onwards to Kilsallaghan, taking the left fork - watch out there may be a bit of gravel at the junction.
Back onto a small leafy lane, big country manors and market gardens (we may meet some agricultural machinery/horses or Range Rovers) for a few minutes then a sharp left onto the Coolquay Road, but not as far as Coolquay. The next right brings us up by Rath Fruit Farm, once owned by Williams & Woods Ltd - there's a story there.
You are now on the Dublin/Meath border and adjacent to the site of Thornton Hall, the abandoned superprison project. A left turn brings us to the old N2 and another left southbound brings us back unscathed into delightful Dublin County. Just past the traffic islands, we turn right into Brady's of Coolquay to recover from our brush with County Meath! Time for second breakfast!
After our stop, we head back down the N2 for another 100 metres, turning left at 'The Lodge'. Chez Emily is on the right, a cafe and factory shop for you to try another day - exquisite chocolates! Turning right down the lane opposite Kilcoskan national school brings us to Corrstown Golf Club. The sides of the road are often full of bad repairs or gravel so watch your 'step'.
It's a fairly quiet road though, with little to no traffic. We go straight at the crossroads towards Mount Ambrose and then right towards Rivermeade, before heading back onto Kilreesk Lane. We can take a quick stop at the wall past the old cemetery, to see if the ivy has changed to its autumnal colours yet - it really is quite spectacular if you can catch it. Then, only a few more metres retracing our route back to the start/finish point.
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Having endured the more challenging types of cycling; bike packing, road and mountain biking, over recent years – I’m still keen to share & enjoy the more leisurely spins too. All shapes ‘n’ sizes are welcome to join me on my easy going and sociable spins. Hope to see you soon!
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