I know it is only February and David’s leg is still very much out of action but we are thinking about Spring and getting the bikes out again.
In the UK and Ireland, more people are beginning to take an interest in cycling. According to Business Insider, rich folks are forsaking their Ferraris for bikes. There must be something about cycling that causes hearts to leap with joy and legs spinning on pedals.
In the UK and Ireland it seems like the bike era is back again. Every day, there are increasing numbers of bikes at the train station and in carparks.. Not a coincidence, as folks are turning their everyday lives into an adventure through the woods, around lakes and mountains or just cycling to work!
Whether you are on a guided tour, self-guided tour or an excursion in Ireland, there are routes that will astound you and create the experience you long for.
1. Rostrevor route- 27km
This heavenly landscape was the inspiration behind the book Narnia by C.S Lewis. This route awards great view to the Moure Mountains, Rostrevor forest, and Carlingford Lough. You may require thicker tires because this route is rough.
2. Castle Ward Boundary Trail 12.8
The longest cycling trail at Castle Ward, this trail combines sections of multi use trail. The route is tough but beautiful from the car park, this circular trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then around Audley's Castle through the surrounding woodland.
3. Inis Morloop – 57km
This route leads to the stone fort of Dun Aonghasa and the mystical poll na bPiest pool; which is the Irish site for Red Bull cliff diving.
4. Wild Atlantic route- 2500km
If you are serious then this is the route for you - It will take from a week to a month to explore its entire length. If you don’t have all the time to do this, you could ply some of its routes. Wild Atlantic envelopes Ireland’s coast, it is a beautiful sight to behold. This route runs through Donegal and slieve league cliff.
5. Waterford Greenway-46km
Greenway is between Waterford and Dungarvan. It leads to an old railway line plus there are plenty of pubs along the route.
6. Blessington loop-75km
This route is mostly quiet and leads to Glendalough Monastery and Wicklow mountains.
Cycling is beneficial to your wellbeing. It boosts your immune system, grants you sound sleep, helps blood flow in your body and keeps you strong. It is a great way to spend time together as a family even if it is like us just a picnic on the beach and back…..time to get the wind in your hair.