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Trail Kilkenny Cycle Routes and Loops

Trail Kilkenny Cycle Routes and Loops

Trail Kilkenny Cycle Routes and Loops

Trail Kilkenny Cycle Routes

Trail Kilkenny, an award winning, non-profit company, has developed a range of walking and cycling routes and trails around County Kilkenny. Visit www.trailkilkenny.ie for self guided cycling routes and loops that bring you from the city and towns deep into the countryside and allow you to explore Kilkenny. They provide detailed instructions of distances, safety notices, what you need to bring as well as information on all the twists and turns along the way. The below are Trail Kilkenny’s cycling routes:

East Kilkenny Cycling Route

East Kilkenny Cycle Route (Self Guided)

Visiting: Gowran, Graiguenamanagh, Thomastown and Bennettsbridge

This route is a scenic cycling route linking the most historic and culturally significant towns in east Kilkenny. The towns are perfectly placed along the route to stop for lunch or a cup of coffee. The route uses quiet roads and laneways and provides stunning views of Brandon Hill, the River Barrow and the River Nore.

Distance/Time:  64km
Time: 3 to 4.5 hours
Terrain: Rolling country roads and laneways
Traffic: Mainly on quiet roads, caution advised at one way system in Thomastown
To Suit:  Experienced, moderately fit self-sufficient cyclist
Minimum Gear: Spare tube, pump, liquids, food, mobile phone.
Visit: www.trailkilkenny.ie

 

North Kilkenny Cycling Loop

North Kilkenny Cycle Loop (Self Guided)

Visiting: Kilkenny City, Jenkinstown Park, Dunmore Cave, Kilkenny City

Leaving The Parade in Kilkenny city centre, cycle down the hill and turn right at the traffic lights onto Rose Inn Street and past the Tourist Office. Cross John’s Bridge and continue to the traffic lights. Turn left at the junction and continue past Padmore & Barnes. Follow the road along Greensbridge Street and go straight through the junction with New Street onto Greens Hill. Follow this road and keep left to take the Bleach Road. Follow this route for 6km until the junction at Hennebry’s Cross. Turn right and then take the first exit off the roundabout onto the N78. After 3km turn left at Ballyrafton Wood and continue for 1km until you meet a T junction. Turn right and take an immediate left up a laneway to Jenkinstown Park. Return back to the main road and turn left, after 1.5km turn right and follow the road until it rejoins the N78. Turn left and after 1km turn right towards Dunmore Caves.

 

 

Trailhead: The Parade, Kilkenny
Distance/Time: 27km
Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Terrain: River side roads and rural laneways
Traffic: Caution when cycling along N78 and turning onto Dunmore Cave laneway
To Suit: Leisure self-sufficient cyclists
Minimum Gear: Spare tube, pump, liquids, food, mobile phone
Visit: www.trailkilkenny.ie

North Kilkenny Cycling Route

North Kilkenny Cycle Route (Self Guided)

Visiting: Castlecomer, Freshford and Tullaroan

This route is the most challenging in the Trail Kilkenny portfolio of cycling trails. It winds its way through rural North Kilkenny bringing the cyclist through beautiful villages like Freshford and Castlecomer.

Distance/Time: 82km
Time: 4.5 to 6 hours
Terrain: Quiet country roads and laneways suitable to hybrid type bikes
Traffic: Mainly on quiet roads joining N roads in sections. Caution for farming machinery at certain times of the year
To Suit: Experienced, moderately fit self-sufficient cyclist
Minimum Gear: Spare tube, pump, liquids, food, mobile phone
Visit: www.trailkilkenny.ie

South Kilkenny Cycling Loop

South Kilkenny Cycle Loop (Self Guided)

Visiting: Bennettsbridge, Stonyford and Kells

Leaving the The Parade, Kilkenny, cycle down the hill and turn right at the traffic lights onto Rose Inn Street past the Tourist Office. Just before John’s Bridge turn onto Canal Walk along the River Nore. Cross Ossory Footbridge and continue up ramp to the ring road(N10) follow cycle lane for 300m. At the roundabout take 3rd exit (R712), proceed for 200m and take the right turn at the petrol station onto Sion Road. Follow this road for 6km and take the left turn to Dunbell and continue for 4km until you come to the Dunbell cross roads. Turn right and continue straight for 3km until you meet a T-junction with the Gowran Road. Turn right and follow the road for 4km to the village of Bennettsbridge. In Bennettsbridge cross the bridge and take an immediate left past Nicolas Mosses Pottery. Follow this road for 9km to Ennisnag. At the T-junction turn left and cycle 2km to the village of Stoneyford. As you come into the village, take the first right and cycle uphill in the direction of Kells. Passing Kells Priory, turn right at the crossroads in Kells and continue across the bridge. Take an immediate right and travel 2km along until you take a left turn. Cycle for 2km and take a right at the next T-junction. Follow this route for 3km and take a right at the next T-junction. Turn right at the T-junction and continue to the next T-junction and take a right. After 2km you meet the N10 at Danesfort, turn left in the direction of Kilkenny City. Cycle for 8km and straight through two roundabouts, continue into town and at the next roundabout past the petrol station take the first exit. Follow the cycle path for 400 metres and take the second exit off the next roundabout. Continue along Nuncio Road until you come to a T-junction and take a left back to the Parade.

Trailhead: The Parade, Kilkenny
Distance/Time: 41km
Time: 2 to 3 hours
Terrain: Country roads linking the main towns in south Kilkenny Traffic. Mainly country roads crossing N and R roads. Caution advised when entering towns.
To Suit:  Experienced, moderately fit self-sufficient cyclist
Minimum Gear: Spare tube, pump, liquids, food, mobile phone
Visit: www.trailkilkenny.ie

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To protect yourself and others:

Exploring Kilkenny by bike is a great way to get fresh air and exercise during the current restrictions. Always remember to follow the HSE guidelines and the social distancing measures that have been put in place. See below for more information on how to protect yourself and others when outdoors.

  • Avoid cycling on crowded routes. If trails are busy, visit at a quieter time.
  • If you feel unwell or have any symptoms however slight, please stay at home and contact your GP.
  • Think of others when parking and don’t block entrances. Leave room for the emergency services to pass.
  • When being outdoors it is crucial that we maintain the physical distancing requirements. We must leave a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.
  • Reduce interactions with people and do not shake hands or make close contact, if possible.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene, that is, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or preferably with a tissue.
  • Discard the tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or with soap and water.
  • Before and after your cycle, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty.
  • If renting bikes, make sure to sanitise the seat and handle bars before mounting.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
  • Keep hydrated and do not share your water bottle!
  • Leave no litter and follow the Leave No Trace guidelines.