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Bike Week - The Blackstairs Loop

Catholic Church Car Park, Ferns
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The Blackstairs Loop.

Today’s spin takes us to The Blackstairs Mountains near the border with County Carlow and later, along the beautiful Slaney Drive between Clohamon and Ballycarney.

We meet in the Catholic Church car park in Ferns.

Leaving the car park, we turn left and head out the Bunclody Road towards Tombrack. Here we turn left and at Ballycarney, we cross the Slaney. This is a lovely narrow arched bridge with staggered traffic management.

We stop at the junction with the N80 and then continue along the R745 until we reach Ballindaggin. Here we turn right and pass through Templeshambo and Cromogue where there are very good mountain views. When we reach Kilmyshall, also known as 'The Crosses', we take a left turn at the pump and continue for a few kilometres as far as a T-Junction on the Bunclody Road. From here, there are great views of The Black Mountain and Mount Leinster. We turn right at the T-Junction and we pass through Glaslacken and Ballyprecas. After a short downhill spin, we arrive in Bunclody where we will stop for our coffee break.

Leaving Bunclody, we cross the Slaney and cycle up Brady’s Cross Hill. This is a steep short hill, but the views from the top are spectacular and make the climb very worthwhile. At the top of the hill, we turn right at Brady’s Cross. There are wonderful views of Bunclody and The Blackstairs on our right. This road takes us to the village of Clohamon.

From Clohamon, we ride through Castlequarter and Strahart and continue back through Tombrack Cross to Ferns. After about 4km, we arrive back in the village of Ferns and we pass Ferns Castle on our right. This castle was once the home of Diarmaid McMurchada, the King of Leinster.

We continue down the street in Ferns and enter the Church car park on our right.

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Nick Sheridan
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Nick Sheridan

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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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