Why go cycling Off-Road?
If you're an active cycling enthusiast out on your bike every other day or maybe even someone whose only recently learned to cycle it's always nice to cycle away from all the traffic, clear your mind and get some fresh air. One of the most leisurely places for this to happen is on the off road routes away from any potential traffic hazards. These routes allow you to escape, enjoy your surroundings and you bike. In Limerick there are a number of off road cycle routes that allow for expert, novice and family cycles.
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail - East Limerick
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Network is the largest trail network of it's kind in Ireland and provides many options for off-road cycling in the mountains. Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The trails range from the moderate 6 kilometre Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 kilometres in length! Tough forest road climbs are rewarded with sweeping fast descents guaranteed to leave you smiling!
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The Great Southern Trail - West Limerick
The Great Southern Trail is a great place to get off road for walking and cycling. The trial is approximately 40km long. If you are planning a holiday, or a short break to the Mid Western part of Ireland, why not check out the sections of the trail which have been developed for walking, cycling and hiking. The Great Southern Trail Action Group are a non-profit group working to develop the Limerick to Tralee section of the trail so that everyone can explore this beautiful region in a safe, leisurely way by foot or bicycle.
Condell Road - Limerick City
The Condell Road Riverside Trail is a short 1km off road cycle path, ideal for a family cycle with children. It allows cyclists to cycle along the banks of the River Shannon at their leisure. Travelling from the Shannon Bridge as far as the Clonmacken Roundabout, at this point it is recommended to turn back towards the city and stop of at west-fields wetlands for a spot of bird watching and a picnic, especially if you have the sunshine.
Park Canal to Athlunkard Bridge - Limerick City
A 1.6km route of good quality shared walking and cycling facilities. The route starts at the entrance to the Park Canal and continues on this straight route until it joins the majestic Shannon at the Guinness bridge. The route then leads you along the newest section of the route to the Athlunkard Bridge. Enjoy wonderful river views, informal seating areas and nature right in the heart of the city.
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