County Wexford is a beautiful county full of breathtaking coastlines, stunning countryside and historic sites. Below three looped cycling routes from Wexford are highlighted which take in these attractions.
Route 1: Slaney Route (53 km. Approximately 3½ hours)
This is a trip around north Wexford taking cyclists across the bridge and on towards Enniscorthy. The road to Castlebridge can be quite busy with traffic but after this the route takes on its true character; quiet scenic back roads which go up and down the numerous small hills that pepper the landscape. Enniscorthy is especially hilly and the decisive battle of the 1798 rebellion was fought on top of nearby Vinegar Hill. Later cyclists will pass by Norman fortifications on a hill at Magh Mayne. Cyclists should cross the bridge at Ferrycarrig and turn left onto a smaller road here for a straight run back into the town. Care is required on the R741, at the N30 in Enniscorthy and on the N11 at Ferrycarrig and at some junctions.
Route 2: Coastal Route (36 km Approximately 2½ hours)
This is the easiest route, which will take cyclists out to the internationally important Wildfowl Reserve of the Wexford Slobs and then on past some fantastic beaches. Cyclists should be cautious on the busy road to Castlebridge until the right turn which takes them down a pleasant lane to ‘The Slobs’. The Discovery Centre and the numerous observation hides along the road are open to the public free of charge. Further on, refreshments may be had in the village of Blackwater. They will be needed because there is a series of short but steep hills in this vicinity. Cyclists continue on to where Route 2 rejoins Route 1 at Cooney’s Crossroads and from here it is mostly downhill back into Wexford. Care is required on and crossing the R741 and on the R742 as well as at many of the junctions on both.
Route 3: South Wexford Route (78 km; Approximately 5 hours)
This is a tour of south Wexford which initially takes cyclists uphill towards a roundabout near the picturesque Johnstown Castle, and then on to the old town of Rosslare and its busy Ferryport nearby at Kilrane. There are several beaches signposted off the quiet roads between Kilrane and Ladies Island. The route to the fishing village of Kilmore Quay is fast, flat and characterised by sudden changes in direction but watch out for Irelands only surviving windmill at Tacumshane. Later cyclists can afford to linger at Johnstown Castle with its gardens and Agricultural Museum, knowing that a few minutes freewheeling will take them back down to Wexford town. Care is required on the N25, R740 and 739 as well as at many junctions along the way.