This cycle starts in the car park of St. David’s Parish Church in Oylegate.
We leave the car park and turn left heading for Enniscorthy. There are traffic lights here on the N11, so we need to take special care. We cycle for 10.5km on the main Enniscorthy road.
Just beyond Oylegate, we reach Scurlockbush roundabout, and we stay in the left lane. We continue on to Edermine and Brownswood and then into the town of Enniscorthy.
We cross The Slaney over the new bridge and move to the right hand lane to prepare to cross the old bridge. There are pedestrian traffic lights between the two bridges. Once we go on to the old bridge, we change to the left lane. Coming off the bridge we go straight. We then head out the Oulart Road, and after about one kilometre, at Mr.Price, we turn left. We cycle along quiet country roads through Clonhaston and Cnoc a’Bhacaigh, and then on to The Harrow which is a distance of about 13 kilometres from Enniscorthy. In The Harrow we can stop for a water/photo break and view the 1798 Monument.
We leave The Harrow, and after 2km we pass through the small village of Boolavogue. We leave Boolavogue and cycle to Ballyedmond, which is a distance of about 6km. Ballyedmond is on the R741 and here we turn right. After 2km we reach Wells, and we will stop here for a 20min break at Wells Filling Station.
After the break we carry on for 4km along the R741 as far as Kilnamanagh Cross, where we turn right and enter the village of Oulart. We reach the very impressive 1798 monument at the crossroads in the village, and here we turn right heading back towards Enniscorthy on the R744. We pass several 1798 sites of interest outside the village including The Liberty Tree, The Wake Field and North Cork Lane. Oulart Hill is on the right.
Leaving Oulart, we cycle for 13km back to Enniscorthy along a level road passing through Coolgarrow and over Corbally Bridge. Just before we reach Enniscorthy town, we take a left turn and cycle along the route under Vinegar Hill which is on our right.
On our right as we go down into the town there is a filling station, and we can stop for a water break if we wish. Cycling into Enniscorthy close to Needham’s Gap, we have very good views of The Slaney on our left, and Enniscorthy Castle. At the bottom of the hill, we go left on to the R772 (the old N11) and continue back to Oylegate, which is a distance of about 11km.
It is best to dismount at the traffic lights when we reach Oylegate and use the pedestrian crossing to cross this busy road. The Church car park where we started our cycle is on our right hand side just before the shop.
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