Cappoquin to Waterford Cycle Directions
0 to 10km
Leave Cappoquin on the R669 going east and take a right after you leave the town where the road forks at a shrine. You soon reach a t-junction where you turn left. Stay on this road as it bend right at a thatched cottage soon after.
A few metres later you pass another thatched cottage on your left. Take the left turn here that goes straight up a hill.
It climbs up a long hill [5km marker] and goes through two crossroads. Shortly after the second crossroads, take the first turnoff to the right which is easy to miss and very narrow.
It immediately turns left and then right and offers nice views of the Comeraghs ahead. Spin downhill to a t-junction with the R671 and turn left. Millstreet Crossroads will be around the next corner. Turn right here.
10 – 20km
You cross a bridge, go steadily uphill and after passing a castle ruin, ignore the first left. Around the corner, stay on this road as it bends left, and ignore a right turn. You will end up at a wide t-junction.
Take a left here and stay on the road as it bends right. You go through the wide Beary’s Cross. Stay [15km marker] on this road and follow the signs for Kilbrien. Ignore numerous left-hand turns. Kilbrien is 3.6km from Beary’s Cross.
You will reach a church at Kilbrien where the road forks. Take the left one. The road goes straight with terrific close-up views of the Comeraghs. It bends left
20 – 30km
Then it crosses a small stone bridge and swerves right. Stay on it. Stay on the main road and it’s a steady climb up Croghaun Pass. There is a gentle descent [25km marker] on the other side until you reach a t-junction.
30 – 40km
Ignore several left turns on the way to the start of the climb to Mahon Falls. After you cross a stone bridge and climb up a hill [35km marker] the road dips. Take the first left after this – this is the way most traffic goes up the loop.
Though short, Mahon Falls is famously difficult. The steepness and undulating gradients provide a test for anyone. It is only 2.5km to the top. Views are magnificent. Mahon Falls can be clearly seen from the road . It is a short hike to it. On the ascent there is a magic road by a fairy tree, where vehicles roll uphill. Difficult to test on a bike. There is a stone plaque to mark it just after passing a cattle grid.
Continue on the descent, which is tricky.
40 – 50km
Turn left at the bottom on the road you just cycled. Keep straight.
Turn left at the crossroads you reach. A hundred yards on you cross the R676 at a crossroads. Follow the sign for Kilmacthomas. After [45km marker] 3.7km you take a right at a church. It is clearly signposted.
When you reach a t-junction, turn right, go down the hill and over a bridge. Turn right at the t-junction here.
50 – 60km
You pass under a viaduct and reach Kilmacthomas Main Street.
Go straight through the crossroads at Main Street. After a couple of corners you pass under the N25 Cork-Waterford road. You go up a short hill and the road narrows.
There are terrific views of the Comeraghs behind you . Soon after the first left hand [55km marker] turn there is a crossroads. Turn left at the crossroads. Keep straight and go through a crossroads in a small village.
60 – 70km
Keep straight through another crossroads and take the next right turn (the junction is almost a fork) down a narrow road where there is a stone wall on the right.
There is a barn in a field next to it. Keep straight through a crossroads [65km marker]. At the next t-junction go right, and almost immediately take the first left down a hill. Go through another crossroads to reach Shinganagh Crossroads.
Go straight through the crossroads.
70 – 80km
You will reach Ballycashin Roundabout in 3.8km. Go straight and you will soon get to a t-junction. Take a left here and it is yards to the Cork Road where you turn right.
Cycle 650m and take the slight left on the quieter Paddy Browne’s Road. After a straight [75km marker] stretch it curves right. Go through a roundabout and you reach a t-junction. Turn left on Morrison’s Road.
Follow it as it curves right and downhill. When it reaches the river go straight across the bridge. The train station is on the other side of the roundabout. If you wish to see Reginald’s Tower, go right along the quay instead of crossing the bridge. It is 1km away, and the Waterford Crystal Visitor’s Centre is 200m further along The Mall.