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Mount Leinster Cycle Loop Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

From the train station, cycle out the only road and take a right. Immediately at the crossroads, take a right again. This will take you to the river where you must turn left and go along the quay. The next right will take you across the river Slaney.

Continue straight through the roundabout and up the hill, following the sign for the town centre. Pass Enniscorthy Castle on your right, and take the next right. You quickly reach Market Square, where the road forks. Take the left which runs uphill.

Take the next right, along Drury Hill, and follow this road as it bends left. When you reach a roundabout, turn left and leave Enniscorthy.

This road bends right by some water. Ignore the first right soon after but [5km marker] take the next one. Ignore a left turn as this road bends right soon after. This takes you to a t-junction with the R702. Turn left.

Section 2

10 – 20km

You soon reach a point where a hill slopes down to your left and the road bends to the right. There is a left turn which leads slightly downhill at the bend. It is unmarked. Take it. Soon you will go straight through a crossroads.

Stay on the road and you will go through another crossroads [15km marker] and then a third before rejoining the R702 at Kiltealy village. Turn left at this t-junction.

Soon you pass Bowes Lounge Bar, where you take a right to stay on the R702. It is signposted Gowran and Borris.

Head northwest on the R702 as it slowly climbs through a gap between two mountains. After 2.7km, the road bends left, and a turnoff on the right is signed Mount Leinster. Take this road.

Section 3

20 – 30km

Keep straight on it for 5km, even when a road joins from the left [25km marker]. You reach the first crossroads. Keep straight for Bagenalstown. The climb starts here.

The road curves left. Turn right at the first crossroads. Stay on this road and it climbs to the shoulder of Mount Leinster in and is quite steep in parts.

Section 4

30 – 40km

At the carpark at the top there are some fantastic views over Leinster. The road to the top is behind a gate to your right. From here to the top is an ordeal. The surface is poor in parts. It is an extra 2.6km and 310 metres of climbing to the top.

Be careful of the road surface and walkers that may be on the road on your descent. It is a popular walk for families. Once you return to the carpark, take a right to continue in the direction that you were going. Once you reach a t-junction, take a right [35km marker] to continue downhill.

Section 5

40 – 50km

Stay on this road and it will take you all the way down to the N80 in Bunclody. When you get there, take a right down the hill into the centre of the town. At the main square turn left for Carnew and Gorey.

You cross a stone bridge over the River Slaney as you leave Bunclody. When the road bends left there is a right turn which goes straight up a hill. Take that turn. Halfway up, take the first right turn.

Back roads will run parallel to the N80 all the way to Enniscorthy. The road runs back [45km marker] downhill towards the river. Turn right at the t-junction at the bottom of the hill. You enter the small village of Cloghamon. At the small t-junction in the village, go left.

Section 6

50 – 60km

Take the first right down a narrow road (this is on a left hand bend) and you will reach a croassroads with the R745.

Go straight through it and [55km marker] after 4.4km you will reach a crossroads with the N11. You will need to go right on the N11, and left a few metres later.

Section 7

60 – 65km

Stay on this road, ignoring all turns for and you will jon the R744 on the outskirts of Enniscorthy. Go right. Ride into the town and at the first crossroads (which you passed at the start of the ride) turn right for the train station.