Gorey Wexford to Myshall Cycle Loop
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A trip through the rolling hills of Wicklow, visiting two superb gardens and the remarkable church at Myshall.
This is a beautiful part of Wexford, Carlow and Wicklow set away from the high mountains but passing close to The Blackstairs Mountains.
Most of the route is up or downhill and its tough, but you have options to cut it short if you need to.
Huntington Castle and Gardens – This Jacobean Castle lies in the shadow of the mighty Mount Leinster. Stanley Kubrick filmed part of Barry Lyndon here.
The Gate of Tears is a spot on Young’s Bridge where emigrants from Clonegal Parish would pause and look back one last time at their home before travelling to New Ross and boarding boats for the New World.
Adelaide Memorial Church in Myshall is a miniature of Salisbury Cathedral and was finished in 1913. It was built as a memorial by a London businessman, John Duguid, to his wife and daughter.
Altamont Gardens is a wonderful mixture of the formal and informal, and includes a lovely river walk.
Gorey Wexford to Myshall Cycle Loop Useful Info
Do not be fooled! There are no long climbs but this is a tough route – you are going up and down all day on short, sharp climbs. The good news is that if you want to bail, you are never more than a few kilometres from the return journey to Gorey – you can, for example, easily cut north from Clonegall and rejoin the route later on, saving nearly 30km of cycling, instead of continuing west. This route gives you options, and options are a tired cyclist’s best friend.
There are several trains a day from Dublin to Rosslare that stop at Gorey. There are two bike spaces per train so be sure to book ahead. Irish Rail has all the details and online booking.
Gorey Wexford is a small and town pretty easy to negotiate. You spend a few kilometres on R roads on a couple of sections.