Rounding the last corner on Kippure

Kippure Challenge Cycle Loop

Distance: 44km
Climbing: 922m

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The climb up the mountain of Kippure is the second highest in the country, and offers magnificent views over Dublin City, Bray and the Wicklow Mountains.

It is tough, and suited only to the the bravest riders. Is that you?

You start going uphill at the edge of the city. There is a descent in the middle of the climb, which has a couple of steep sections after this.


Kippure only has a TV Mast at the top, but it doesn’t obscure the views.

Sally Gap is only a few kilometres off the route. This famous crossroads at the heart of the Wicklow Mountains attracts many tourists and cyclists.

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You start climbing immediately, gradually at first. It steepens until you reach the top of the initial climb, at The Featherbeds. There is a significant descent before you have the steep drag up past Lough Bray. Then you reach the private road to the mountaintop. It is shared my many walkers and cyclists, so take care on the descent. The final part of the climb is rough, narrow, steep and exposed. But it is worth all of the effort.

There will be plenty of traffic on weekends but that doesn’t deter hundreds of local cyclists. If that bothers you, go on a weekday.

As a short out-and back route, it is easy to turn around if it is not happening for you on the day.

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